Cilantro Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses
Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for cilantro. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including cilantro's magical uses, cilantro physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, cilantro lore and legends, and much more!
Introduction to Cilantro
Cilantro is an earthy herb that is connected to nature and Mother Earth herself. It can help us with balance, offer protection, increases endurance, and even improve cognitive abilities. Cilantro is tied to ancient medicinal, spiritual, and magical uses. So beloved, it was even said to grow in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in the sixth century B.C. This isn’t surprising when you learn that in ancient China they believe consuming cilantro could bring about immortality.
Though medicinally cilantro is being researched for its antioxidants and its ability to lower the risk of heart disease and stabilize blood sugar in people with diabetes, spiritually its healing effects have been known for centuries. Many practitioners have reported its ability to help you connect more deeply with yourself and become more attuned with your soul.
The scientific name for cilantro is Coriandrum sativum. It is native to areas from Southern Europe and Northern Africa to Southwestern Asia. The leaves are bright green and the flowers are bright white. It grows wild in many parts of the world. As such it’s been said that it’s, “hard to define exactly where this plant is wild and where it only recently established itself.”
In the United States, the term cilantro refers to the leaves of the Coriandrum sativum plant. While the seeds of the same plant are called coriander. However, in many parts of the world, the word coriander is used to describe any part of the plant. Cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander. Coriander’s extensive use in Mexican cuisine is believed to be the reason Americans refer to it as cilantro.
Note: this article refers to leaves of the Coriandrum sativum plant, also known as cilantro (or Chinese parsley). For the seeds of the Coriandrum sativum plant, see our entry for coriander. The sacred number of cilantro is 96.
Cilantro Magical Uses and Purposes
Cilantro is an herb that is deeply connected with the Earth. As such, it is wonderful for many rituals, remedies, and activities associated with nature. In fact, one of its most well-known historical magical uses was to protect farmers and gardeners. This likely came from the ancient Chinese belief that eating cilantro and coriander seeds would bring about immortality.
Since the herb is so attuned to the Earth, it can help you get in touch with yourself both personally and magically. It can assist in growing your connection with the magic of Mother Earth.
Cilantro is also a very hardy plant and as such is often used in spells and rituals involving endurance, stamina, hardiness, and persistence. When grown in the home, it is said to bring peace to the entire house. It can even help you feel more in touch with yourself and attuned to your soul.
This herb has also been well-known since ancient times. In fact, Cilantro was one of the plants grown for King Nebuchadnezzar in the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Many ancient practitioners used cilantro for prosperity, wealth, and immortality. In later times, it was used in sachets to draw in customers to a business.
Healing with Cilantro
Cilantro Physical Health Benefits
Fresh cilantro is about 92% water and is high in vitamins A and K specifically. Though it also contains notable levels of vitamin C, manganese, iron, copper, and potassium. They are also full of antioxidants which are molecules thought to reduce inflammation in the body. One study found the specific antioxidants in cilantro helped fight skin aging.
There are even more physical health benefits of cilantro including its ability to reduce the formation of blood clots. This, in turn, can cut your risk of heart disease significantly. Cilantro is also wonderful for lowering blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes. In animal studies, it has even been reported to help as much as diabetes medication. This wonderful herb is also antimicrobial and antibacterial which means it may help with fighting infections.
While more research needs to be done, there have been several studies that link eating cilantro with reduced instances of cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. These same studies also revealed cilantro’s ability to improve memory, reduce seizure attacks, and prevent nerve-cell damage.
Spiritual Healing with Cilantro
Cilantro can help attune you to your soul. It improves insight, intuition, and self-understanding. This herb can be used if you are feeling lost, distraught, without direction, or out of touch with yourself and/or the world around you. Since it is a ground herb that is in touch with the Earth, it can also help reconnect you with Mother Nature.
With its deep connections to the Earth and your inner self, Cilantro is a wonderful herb to use while astral traveling or doing any sort of out-of-body work. It can protect the spirit and body from outside forces while also keeping the physical body safe and grounded. This protection also extends to working in higher or other realms. Cilantro can keep you safe from negative or mischievous influences that might try to interrupt your work.
Notes from the Masters
Cilantro is best used for love and lust potions and spells. One of my favorite uses is to add several leaves to a pouch to help someone remember you. It can also be used in bath tea potions for rejuventation.
Emotional Healing with Cilantro
Cilantro is a wonderful emotional healer. Since it connects to you and is said to help attune the soul, it is really efficient at helping us work through old emotional wounds. It brings a soothing sense of peace to the mind and entire emotional body.
With the versatility of cilantro, it is also easy to achieve. You can use it in sachets, rituals, and meditations. You can dry it, carry it, use it as aromatherapy, and even add it to food to gain its healing effects (please only use dried food-grade or fresh cilantro if planning on ingesting it).
If you’re looking for more balance in your life, especially between your heart and mind, you’ll love cilantro. Its bright green color connects it to the Heart Chakra to help dissolve emotional wounds. Cilantro can help connect your heart, your soul, and your mind, and create a harmonious balance. It is also known to bring hope for your life and the future.
Cilantro for Chakra Healing
Cilantro is used to clear blockages from and balance the Heart Chakra.
The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world. It controls what we embrace and what we resist. The Heart Chakra gives us the balancing ability to keep neither too aloof nor too involved in the world around us. It balances our inner being – our "self" with our environment. Shop for Heart Chakra Balancing Items +
Due to its connection with Earth and grounding energy, cilantro is also said to balance the Root Chakra. This can create a synergy between the Root and Heart Chakra to ground the emotional body.
Color Energy of Cilantro
While cilantro is a beautiful bright green, the color energy of a plant comes from the flower, and what we call cilantro is the leaves. The flowers of cilantro are a beautiful, pure, and delicate white.
White is the color of the feminine gender, manifested as the Goddess in many cultures, and, as such, the color of the world of birth, and regeneration. It is the color of the full moon reflected on a snow-covered field. It is cold, but a sleeping cold that is inconspicuously reflecting great heat. White is the color of freedom and the color of hope.
White is often the color used for the spiritual world; one that is sensed but not seen. It offers illumination, innocence, purity, and unity. This color is one said to bring Moon energy and the ability to release you of burdensome inhibitions.
Angels Associated with Cilantro
Cilantro is associated with three different angels, Anael, Chamuel, and Dumah.
Archangel Anael (or Haniel) is the ruler of Venus. He is also Master of the 15th Tarot Card, "Devil" and the 3rd Tarot Card "The Empress". His name is believed to be derived from the words joy and pleasure.
Anael is the guardian angel for those born between September 24-28th. He is also said the be the angel for the zodiac sign Libra.
Chamuel (or Khamael) is an archangel that is most associated with love, hope, romance, compassion, and peace. He was said to be given the responsibility of taking care of humanity. Cilantro can be used when calling upon him for assistance or in rituals where Chamuel is central. He is the archangel for Tuesday, so any rituals or calling upon him should be done on that day. Chamuel is said to be the angel for the zodiac sign Taurus.
Dumah (or Duma) is known as the Angel of Dreams. In some cultures, he is also said to be the angel of silence and rules over the wicked dead.
Cilantro and the Goddess
Cilantro is associated with Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt. She is a beautiful goddess who was often lusted after but celebrated for her femininity. She protects the forests and animals of the wild with her bow and arrow.
Notes from the Masters
The afinity of this herb with the Goddess of the Hunt should not be overlooked. It is also very useful in "hunting for profit" and should be kept near where you work on your investments.
Cilantro Birth Herb
Cilantro is the birth herb for those born on February 3rd, February 19th, June 6th, July 25th, August 11th, August 24th, October 15th, and December 22nd. If you were born on one of these dates, you might find that you have a particular attraction to cilantro. You may feel drawn to it. Those with the birth herb of cilantro will likely find it more powerful and intuitive to work with.
Cilantro I Ching Hexagram
Cilantro is associated with the I Ching Hexagram 32, Maintaining Progress. This hexagram is about perseverance, endurance, persistence, survival, and stamina. This means cilantro can be used to keep an effort going strong or keep it on the right path for success and longevity.
Cilantro Astrological Sign
The zodiac sign associated with cilantro is Taurus, the earthy bull. This grounded sign likely finds itself attracted to this grounded herb. Cilantro can help Taureans feel more stable and balanced. Some Taurus-born may find the scent of cilantro to be inspiring for creativity or may even work as an aphrodisiac. Shop for Taurus Crystals and More +
Uses of Cilantro in Feng Shui
Cilantro brings Metal Energy to Feng Shui practices.
Metal energy is the energy of intelligence, contraction, healing, and creativity. It is the energy of togetherness and crystallization – of ideas, concepts, and groups. It is hard, sharp, and often destructive, yet an essential element in all lives. We have to be sharp, unyielding, and hard at times to find our way without being a victim of others. The metal element brings the power of concentration and determination to our lives and our dwellings.
Metal energy is traditionally associated with the northwest and west areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Helpful People and Blessings, and Travel area of your life and dwelling, and with the Creativity and Children area.
Uses of Cilantro in Talismans and Amulets
Cilantro can be used to make talismans and amulets for a variety of needs including balance, dealing with cravings, warding off curses, education, protection from evil, grounding, growth, banishing ill wishes, long life, material things, maturity, dealing with physical pain, potency, practicality, revitalization, skill, vitality, wholesomeness, wildlife energy, physical growth, creation, and nature.
Notes from the Masters
I’m one of the lucky people that does not think cilantro tastes like soap. I enjoy it as a garnish on many meals and often add it when I can to things I cook at home. It’s interesting to note that there are many more uses for cilantro than meets the eye!
Using Cilantro in Divination
Use cilantro in divinations for seeking the commitments that need your attention in order to get closer to your ultimate goal.
Meditation with Cilantro
Meditation with cilantro can be done either by using fresh herbs, dried herbs, or essential oil. Meditating with cilantro can help balance the mind, body, and soul. It is a very grounding herb and can help you feel closer to the Earth.
If you’re looking for inspiration or creativity, look no further! Using cilantro during meditation can increase your innovation and inspire you to express yourself more easily.
Lore and Legends of Cilantro
In Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, he states that cilantro has long been used in love sachets and spells. He also mentions that if pregnant women eat cilantro, their future children will be ingenious.
In ancient China, it was believed that consuming cilantro could bring about immortality. While in the Middle Ages in Europe, cilantro was used mostly in love potions and spells.
Old texts, especially pertaining to magick or witchcraft, refer to cilantro as being used for protection, especially for gardeners or farmers. Growing cilantro in your home is also said to bring peace to the entire dwelling and all of its inhabitants.
by Kat Ohren
Kat is a Certified Crystal Master and Crystal Astrologist. She has been working with both crystals and astrology for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University. Kat is a Florida native and has been with Crystal Vaults for over 10 years.
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Why do I love cilantro but my husband hates it? by Joe Schwarcz Ph.D. (2017) via McGill University
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Heng (Duration) - I Ching Hexagram 32 by Kari Hohne
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