Coriander Oil Safe Antibacterial Agent

(NaturalHealth365) Coriander seed oil may be used widely one day as a food and cosmetic preservative. The Journal of Medical Microbiology described the way it works. The coriander oil damages the membrane of bacterial cells. The cell is blocked from essential processes such as respiration; this ultimately leads to cell destruction.

Coriander oil was tested on 12 different bacterial strains, which included E Coli, salmonella and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MERSA). In solutions containing less than 1.6% percent of the oil it got rid of most of the bacteria.

The public should be able to breathe a sigh of relief, when toxic components can be replaced by natural substances. However, this may happen at a snails pace, since the traditional chemicals triclosan and triclocarban are easy to synthesize and cheap to use.

Triclosan and Triclocarban

The Natural Defense Council reported that up to 75 percent of antibacterial products contain the hormone-disrupting chemicals triclosan and triclocarban. Triclosan is in products that are used everyday for natural hygiene. This is allowed to be used in products which go into your mouth, such as toothpaste and mouthwash. Other products have it enter your body through the skin, such as soaps and deodorants. This may be one of the reasons deodorants are thought to have a link to breast cancer.

The American Medical Association is concerned that the widespread and haphazard use of these antibacterial agents is causing bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

University of California-Davis researchers found that using human and animal cells: triclosan disrupts reproductive hormone activity and interferes with a type of cell signaling that occurs in brain, heart, and other cells. The study was published online in the Environmental Health Perspective, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

These reports aren’t only from alternative publications; they are coming from scientific publications. A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that 75 percent of adults and children older than 6 have tested positive for traces of triclosan in their body. The fact is triclosan is polluting waterways, and is found in water treatment plants, where it can’t be well processed. This is known to be toxic to wildlife. A group of environmentally-conscious public employees have called for a ban on triclosan.


Coriander, also known as cilantro it contains an antibacterial compound (dodecenal), which offers a natural means to fighting bacteria. A study published in the June 2004 issue of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry suggests a study is proving that Coriander may be a safe way to target Salmonella, a cause of food related illness. The study’s leader Isao Kubo, a chemist at the University of California, Berkeley said, we were surprised that dodecenal was such a potent antibiotic.” In laboratory testing dodecenal was twice as potent as the medicinal antibiotic gentamicin at killing Salmonella.

The challenge is to change the attitudes of those who are looking for the least expensive way to protect the public. Decoding the plant world’s secrets in a science lab and not applying it in the real world is foolish. The corrosive mix of profit and health leave cracks in the healthcare, personal care, and food industry, which gets wider and ends up derailing the health of Americans

About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

Coriander Helps Fight Antibiotic Resistant Infections

(NaturalHealth365) When looking for the answer to antibiotic resistant infection, we look to powerful antibiotics. This treatment is becoming less and less effective. The new additions to the line of antibodies have some nasty side effects.

Coriander oil

Coriander oil is toxic to a broad range of harmful bacterial. According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, Coriander oil can be used in foods to prevent food-borne illnesses, and treat antibiotic resistant infections.

Researchers from the University of Beira Interior in Portugal tested coriander oil against 12 bacterial strains, including Escherichia Coli, Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus and meticiillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). All of the tested strains showed reduced growth, and most were killed by solutions containing 1.6% coriander oil or less.

The way it works indicates that coriander oil damages the membrane surrounding the bacterial cell. By disrupting the barrier between the cell and its environment it inhibits essential processes including respiration, which ultimately leads to the destruction of the bacteria.

Dr. Fernanda Domingues who led the study said: “Coriander oil could also become a natural alternative to common antibiotics. We envisage the use of coriander in clinical drugs in the form of lotions, mouth rinses and even pills; to fight multidrug-resistant bacterial infections that otherwise could not be treated. This would significantly improve people’s quality of life.”

However, they claim that this research needs further study to evaluate the suitability of these remarkable antibacterial properties in practical applications.

Coriander Use

Before turning coriander into a research project, with the idea of making a plethora of marketable products, let’s do something that makes sense. Coriander is an aromatic plant widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. Coriander is one the most widely used essential oils. The oil is produced from the seeds of the coriander plant. Over the centuries it has been used to relieve pain, ease cramps, convulsions, cure nausea, aid digestion, and treat fungal infections.

Let’s Get Cooking

Coriander is also called cilantro or Chinese parsley. It has been used in cooking for centuries for both taste and better digestion. The term coriander is used in many parts of the world as referring to both the cilantro leaves and seeds. In the Americas, it usually refers to the dried cilantro seeds which are used as a spice either ground, or whole.

Coriander seeds are a flavor that both impart a spicy and citrus flavor when used in cooking. Coriander is used in Mediterranean cuisine, Indian, and Thai cooking. The seeds are normally toasted before being ground to bring out their flavor. The ground seeds are used in curry powders, as a pickling spice, and in tomato chutneys.

While the scientist ponder the fate of this plant, and figure out ways to milk it for all its worth, you just have to go into your spice rack and pull out a recipe. Bon Appetite!

About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease thru non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

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