The celery plant is slender and stands about 2 – 3 feet tall. It has 3 – 5 segmented leaves and flowers with small white petals. Celery seeds, which are found in the flowers, are very small, tan to dark brown, and have a strong, pleasant smell. Celery is an alimentary herb as well as a special medicinal plant. Celery is a very nutritious vegetable and the health benefits of celery are quite extensive.
Parts used: Ripe seeds, herb and root.
Nutrition facts: Celery is a very nutritious vegetable. It contains vitamins A, B, C and K. It is a good source of minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium, manganese, zinc, copper and magnesium, especially phosphorus.
One of the very low calorie herbal plant, celery leaves contain only 16 cal per 100 g weight. Its leaves are rich source of flavonoid antioxidants.
This plant, a grace of God in terms of nutritional value and utility, is good for many diseases.
Uses: Fresh leaves used in salads. Fresh leaves as well a root has been used in the preparation of soups and sauces.
Celery is used around the world as a vegetable, either for the crisp petiole (leaf stalk) or the fleshy toproot.
In temperate countries celery is also grown for its seeds. Actually very small fruit, these “seeds” yield a valuable volatile oil used in the perfume and pharmaceutical industries. Celery seeds can be used as flavouring or spice, either as whole seeds or ground and mixed with salt, as celery salt. Celery salt can also be made from an extract of the roots.
Celery is used in weight-loss diets, where it provides low-calorie dietary fibre bulk. Celery seeds are also a great source of calcium, and are regarded as a good alternative to animal products.
Celery stalk, leaf and root are used. Celery can be eaten and salad, as well as seeds are used. When boiled and watered, excess secreted stomach is good for asidine and urine difficulty. If lemon is added to the water while celery is boiled, gas formation is prevented. Celery seed may be useful for those who suffer from menstrual irregularities due to the triggering effect of menstrual bleeds.
What are the health benefits of celery?
A common use for the seeds is as a “blood purifier” and it is sometimes taken for arthritis. Celery is stimulating. Relatively reduces stress hormones and relieves nerve fatigue. It strengthens the body. Increase sexual power and desire, resolve impotence. It is appetizing. It removes bad breath. He cuts the cough. It cleans the blood. It relieves the liver sore and hunger. The acne is reduced. It is a intestinal gas extractor. Kidney helps to shed the sand and stones. High blood pressure is beneficial to patients with sugar and prostate. It reduces hypertension and cholesterol. It strengthens the midday. Pain relief. The skin gives freshness and brightness. It is useful against forgetfulness. Mommy increases the size. Reduces rheumatism and gout complaints.
During ancient times, Ayurvedic medicine used celery seed to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, various types of arthritis, and certain diseases of the liver and spleen.
Today, celery seed is used primarily as a diuretic. Celery seed is also suggested for treating arthritis and gout, and to help reduce muscle spasms, calm the nerves, and reduce inflammation. Studies do show that celery seeds act as a mosquito repellent.
The celery seed extracts may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as protect the liver from damaging substances such as the pain reliever acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Carminative stimulant,
- useful in hysteria,
- promoting restfulness and sleep,
- diffusing through the system a mild sustaining influence.
Side effects: For pregnant women the consumption of celery should be made in very small quantities. Celery can cause in very rare cases allergic reactions to some individuals.