Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce)
Other common names: Smallage, celery seed, selleriefruchte, garden celery
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Actions: Diuretic, carminative, antimicrobial, appetite stimulant, emmenagogue, aromatic, sedative, analgesic, nervine, mild blood thinner, antispasmodic, hypotensive, liver tonic, detoxifier, aphrodisiac, refrigerant, anticatarrhal.
Harvest: Harvest when the stalks are about 8 inches tall.
Part used: Seeds, roots, leaves
Constituents: Volatile oils, furanocoumarin, apoil, vitamins A, B and C, iron, flavonic glycoside, magnesium, calcium, niacin, potassium, apigenin, isoquerticin and others.
Used to treat fluid/urinary retention, insomnia, gas/bloating, poor appetite, menstrual difficulties, anxiety, weight management, pain, gout, irregular bowel movements, indigestion, insufficient breast milk, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, neuralgia, skin conditions, bronchitis and as a detoxification aide. It can regulate electrolyte balance, especially in elderly patients, and boost libido. It has also been used as a diuretic in men with enlarged prostates.
Celery is used as a decoction tea, in an edible oil preparation and also in capsules. The raw juice can also be consumed.
The above preparations can also be applied to the skin, to treat various conditions.
Those with an allergy to celery tend to have severe reactions, especially to the root. You are more prone to this reaction if you are also allergic to birch, dandelion or mugwort. Consult with a doctor before taking if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you suffer from gallstones or kidney stones, compromised kidney function, low blood pressure or an obstructed bile duct. Do not take with drugs that cause photosensitivity, CNS depressants (sedatives), Levothyroxine (or other meds used for low thyroid) or lithium. Consult with a doctor before taking it with diuretics, blood pressure meds or blood-thinners. Do not use two weeks prior to undergoing surgery – in addition to its blood-thinning properties, it can potentiate any sedatives used during or after an operation.
I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.
Celery was a valued symbol of the ancient Greeks, sacred to Zeus and Poseidon, and winners of the Nemean games wore celery garlands. It was also mentioned in the Death of Opheltes myth and worn by those grieving a lost loved one. It has associations with male potency and vigor, sexuality, mental clarity, psychic power, fertility, and sleep/dream work.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.