Celery Seed

Anti-inflammatory • Mild diuretic • Lowers blood pressure

 
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Celery Seed
(Apium Graveolens)

This is the seeds of the common garden vegetable. Use seeds collected fresh from the celery plant (and not the seeds bought for planting). Best collected when ripe in the fall.

Celery seeds are most commonly used as a diuretic, helping to clear toxins from our body system. People who are suffering from gout and arthritis may find celery seed helpful, as the diuretic properties promotes the clearing of uric acid crystals collecting in the joints. Celery seeds also have anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the swelling and pain of the joints.

Additional benefits include the ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Functions/benefits
Appetizer (stimulates the appetite).
Antiseptic.
Antispasmodic (relieves or prevents spasms, usually the smooth muscles)
Anti-depressive.
Anti-cancer. (Contains phthalides and polyacetylenes that help to detoxify carcinogens)
Aromatic.
Aids digestion.
Carminative (relaxes the stomach and reduces gas).
Emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow).
Mild diuretic (promotes urination).
Urinary antiseptic.
Reduces inflammation of arthritis.
Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
Sedative (calms nervous excitement and reduces motor activity without inducing sleep).

Indications
Rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.
Aids milk flow in nursing mothers.
Cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder).
Flatulence (gas).
As a mouthwash for bad breath.

Contraindications
Avoid during pregnancy. Celery seed may cause uterine bleeding and muscle contractions in the uterus.

May also cause people to be sensitive to the sun's UV rays.

People suffering from kidney inflammatin should also avoid celery seeds. The volatile oils from celery seeds is toxic to kidneys.

Method & dose
Ingestion: Decoction – use half teaspoon of crushed seeds to one cup of water.
Ingestion: Tincture – use half teaspoonful (about 2ml), to be taken 3 times a day.


   
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