Celery Seed - Apium graveolens

Celery Seed as known as smallage or wild celery, is a strongly scented, erect, biennial herb of the carrot family (Apiaceae, or Umbelliferae) widely distributed in moist places within the temperate zones, and grown for use as a flavouring similar to celery. In traditional medicine, smallage roots are used as a carminative and its leaf stalks as a soothing tea.

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County of Origin India, Hungary, USA
Therapeutic Properties Analgesic, antiarthritic, anticonvulsive, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic (urinary), antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, cholagogue, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, uterine stimulant, tonic, vulnerary
Botanical Family Apiaceae
Chemical Family Monoterpene, Sesquiterpene
Approx. Shelf Life 6 - 7 years
Plant Parts Seeds
Note Classification Middle
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Basil, Cajeput, Chamomile, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Palmarosa, Rosemary

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History: Ayurvedic medicine used celery for water retention and indigestion. Used in Europe for gout and rheumatism. Celery seed has long been used in foods, especially salad dressings.

Characteristics: Celery is a biennial plant that grows to 12-24 inches with a smooth stem and soft leaves sporting white flowers. It has been used as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes. Native to southern Europe, Celery is extensively cultivated as a domestic vegetable with Celery Seed Essential Oil being primarily produced in India, Holland, China, Hungary and the USA.

Clinical Studies:

Indications:  Used for puffy, red or water logged skin, bronchitis, congestion, dissolving accumulated acid in joints, cystitis, gout, renal detoxification, to increase urine flow.

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Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Bath (only with proper carrier oil), inhaler, massage, mist spray.

Safety: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy; Third Edition The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2017
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopedia Britannica. USA, 2014
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    Celery Seed - Apium graveolens

    Celery Seed - Apium graveolens

    Celery Seed as known as smallage or wild celery, is a strongly scented, erect, biennial herb of the carrot family (Apiaceae, or Umbelliferae) widely distributed in moist places within the temperate zones, and grown for use as a flavouring similar to celery. In traditional medicine, smallage roots are used as a carminative and its leaf stalks as a soothing tea.

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