Celery Apium graveolens
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Celery Seed
How to Use: Celery
Celery is a healthy medicinal food, often used to reduce the need for salt in cooking. The seeds contain apigenin and isoquerticin, compounds that help blood vessels to expand, lowering blood pressure.1 A natural diuretic, celery can reduce excess water buildup and decrease the uric acid that causes pain and inflammation in gout and arthritis. 2
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Celery seed can be used in teas and soups. It can also be found in as an extract in supplement form.
Celery : Essential Oil Profile
The essential oil is produced by steam distillation from the whole or crushed seeds. Celery seed has a fresh, spicy and warm scent.
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Celery Side Effects: If you should not use diuretics, you should not use celery seed. The herb does not cause sensitivity to sunlight by itself, but it can cause increased risk of sunburn in people who take prescription ACE inhibitors to control high blood pressure.
How to Grow Celery
The original plant, wild celery, which grows throughout southern Europe, had an acid and bitter taste. Italian farmers developed what we now call celery in the seventeenth century. Celery is a fussy plant to grow, and is not one for the novice gardener. Celery needs just the right combination of sun and shade and rich, well composted soil.