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I've heard several times that people either love the taste of cilantro or hate it. I, for one, love it! It adds such a unique, fresh, and herby flavor to any dish. When using Cilantro Essential Oil in recipes though, it offers more than just flavor. It can also promote healthy digestion and naturally detox the body.* It can also cleanse the air when diffused. Try diffusing it with a citrus oil like Lime or Wild Orange. So good! Used topically it makes for a soothing and cooling massage.
Just for fun, I've got a little quiz for you. What are the seeds of the cilantro plant called? (Find the answer HERE in a previous Essential Oil Notebook entry.)
- Use a drop of Cilantro as a substitute whenever fresh cilantro is called for. Consider adding a drop of Lime as well. These two essential oils are a tasty flavor combination.
- Place two drops of Cilantro in a veggie cap and take it internally for a simple and refreshing detox.*
- Diffuse Cilantro with a citrus oil of your choice to cleanse the air a create a sweet, fresh, and herby aroma.
- Dissipate unpleasant odors by diffusing a few drops of Cilantro. It will not only eliminate the offensive smells, but will fill the room with its fresh, herbal aroma.
- For targeted odor elimination, simply add 20 drops of the Cilantro to an 8oz glass spray bottle then fill with water for a quick room spray.
- Boost the flavor of plain rice by adding a drop of Cilantro.
- Add Cilantro to water or a veggie capsule after over-indulging to assist with digestion and avoid the lingering effects of feeling full.*
- Place one drop of Cilantro into a veggie capsule to provide your body with important antioxidant benefits.*
- Because it is high in linalool, Cilantro can be used to combat stress. Essential oils that are high in linalool have been shown to help relax smooth muscles in the body and reduce sad and anxious feelings.
- Apply Cilantro to your fingernails and toenails to keep them looking clean and healthy.
- Apply 1-2 drops of Cilantro to minor skin irritations.
- Dilute with fractionated coconut oil for a soothing and cooling massage.
RECIPE: SAUTEED TOMATILLA SALSA
- Remove husks from tomatillos. Rinse well.
- Cut stemmed tops off jalapenos then split in half. Using a spoon, scrape away seeds. If you don't mind heat, leave peppers whole.
- Lightly grease griddle or skillet. Place on medium heat. When hot, place tomatillos, peppers, garlic, and onions in pan.
- Turn vegetables over with tongs to soften as much surface as possible. Peppers, onions, and garlic will soften quickly.
- After approximately five minutes, remove onions, garlic, and peppers to blender. Continue roasting tomatillos for another five minutes, before placing them in blender.
- Allow to cool, and then add water and essential oils. Place blender lid on loosely, and puree until smooth.
- Pour salsa into bowl. Add salt to taste.
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