Scent Sense: Coriander

Coriander is mentioned in the Bible, and the seeds have been found in ruins and Egyptian pharaohs tombs dating back to 5000 B.C. Its name comes from the Greek word koris, meaning a stink bug. This is likely a reference to the strong aroma given off by the coriander plant leaves when they are bruised.

Coriander comes from the Coriandrum sativum plant and is related to parsley, carrots, and celery. Many people use coriander in dishes like soups and salsas, as well as Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asian meals like curries and masalas. Coriander leaves are often used whole, whereas the seeds are used dried or ground.

The odour profile of coriander in perfume is that it has a sweet, suave, and spicy character, with soft, woody, and peppery nuances. It is incredibly sensual and filled with passion and challenge. In the language of flowers, the coriander flower symbolizes lust. The seeds were used as an aphrodisiac in ancient Greece. Kouros Eau de Parfum by Yves Saint Laurent for Him and Paloma Picasso for Her, marks two well-known and much-loved perfumes that have coriander as a pre-dominant top note.

Coriander has many surprising health benefits such as lowering blood sugar, it is rich in immune-boosting antioxidants, may benefit heart health and protects brain health. It promotes digestion and gut health as well as fights infections.

Coriander flowers attract bees and ladybugs. Allowing coriander plants to go to seed will entice beneficial bugs to your garden, and as a bonus, you’ll always have a fresh crop of this herb in your veggie beds.

Many people either have a love or hate relationship with coriander, those that err on the latter profess that it tastes like soap. As someone who loves coriander, the more the merrier adding much spice to my life!