Cilantro toxicity

(Coriander sativum)


Is cilantro a poisonous plant?

Cilantro is a safe herb when used in the recommended dose, as being considered by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), although it contains some toxic substances.


Photo of cilantro leaf

What are the toxic components Cilantro?

Cilantro contains two toxic principles present in the essential oil, and which give the plant it peculiar smell: linalool and furanocoumarins (bergapten and umbelliferone).

These toxic principles of the essential oil are responsible for the reaction of contact dermatitis.

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