According to the Greeks and Latins, coriander had many properties. It was believed to be an anti-venom, a powerful wound-healer and a digestive aid. It reduced fever, sometimes with the help of magic. The essential oil obtained by distilling the seeds has antibacterial properties. It is also used in massage oils to relieve rheumatism and arthritis.
Coriander essential oil is valued as a stimulant. As part of an active compound containing silicium and almond proteins, it has been tested for its anti-elastase properties, which help to firm the skin.