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Biological Name: Apium graveolenscelery

Family: Umbelliferae

Other Names: Smallage, wild celery, Celery, Garden celery, Celery Seeds

Elements Applied: Leaves, roots and dried mature fruits are applied in herbal medicine

Active Components:

  • Phthalides; mostly sedanenolide, 3-n-butylphthalide, sedanolide, and ligustilide.
  • Volatile oil, which includes dihydrocarvone, d-limonene, a- and b-eudesmol, santalol, with a-selinene.
  • Coumarins; isopimpinellin, celeroside, bergapten, apiumoside, and isoimperatorin.
  • Flavonoids; apigenin and apiin;
  • Fatty acids, fixed oil.

Used For: Plant seeds are particularly applied to calm the nerves, relieve spasms, treat flatulence, induce urination, treat inflammations, and rheumatism.

The plant itself is used to induce menstruation, urination, and increase appetite.

Plant’s fresh juice, especially the petioles, is the dominant element applied in herbal medicine. It is beneficial for deficiency conditions, lack of appetite, recurrent lung catarrh, flatulence, tendency to corpulence, gout, tendency to rheumatism, and dropsy. The remedy acts as a diuretic, but its effect is insufficient for severe kidney conditions, while primary and moderate cases can be successfully treated using it.

Celery can also induce menstruation; it is even allowed in pregnancy, though in limited quantities. Used as a salad additive or as tea, the herb can help cleanse the skin conditions. Seed decoction is applicable for nervous conditions, rheumatic pains, and bronchitis. Yellow oil produced from plant root is capable of recovering one’s libido, reduced by any disease.

Celery is usually prescribed for gout, arthritis, and rheumatism. Rheumatic arthritis, accompanied by depressed psychological state, also belongs to the list of conditions, addressed by the plant. To relieve these conditions plant’s diuretic ability is employed. The herb is also applied for urinary infections, due to apiol content in it.

To treat rheumatic diseases the herb is mixed with Bogbean. The herb becomes more potent if combined with Dandelion.

Additional Info: Celery belongs to biennial plants and is indigenous to Africa, Europe, South America, and North America. It is specially raised elsewhere. The root is fleshy and resembles a bulb. In the second year of plant’s life a branchy stem appears, reaching 1-3 feet in height. Celery leaves are toothed, and pinnate, consisting of several leaflets. The plant blossoms from midsummer to late autumn, featuring white or gray flowers. The fruit is ovate in form.

Preparation and Intake: To make an infusion, take 1-2 teaspoons of pounded seeds for a cup of boiling water. Steep the result for ten to fifteen minutes. The remedy is taken thrice a day.

To make a decoction, take half a teaspoon of seeds for a cup of cold water, boil it up and filter.

The juice is used at a dose of a tablespoon twice or thrice per day, an hour prior to food intake. To press the juice out, use a vegetable juicer.

Juice is commonly combined with apple and carrot juice. In case of elevated arterial tension, take less apples and carrots, as sodium concentration is high.

Plant oil is taken at a dose of 6-8 drops diluted in water, twice a day.

Tincture is used at a dose of 1-4 ml thrice per day.

Safety: There is no data concerning the plant’s safety level. It is possible that the herb interacts with the medicine you use. Don’t use Celery without speaking to your health-care provider.