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Herbal Remedies- Celery

Updated on March 2, 2010
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Most people think of celery as a vegetable.  Did you know it also has medicinal properties?  Celery, which grew wild in England and Asia, was known as smallage and used in medicine in the 16th and 17th centuries when it started popping up in gardens worldwide.

Celery’s name comes from the Latin word celery, which means quick acting due to its medicinal properties.  Celery has an extremely high dose of essential minerals and vitamins, which makes it one of the most important vegetables for consumption. 

  • Medicinal Uses of Celery:
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Arthritis
  • Bad breath
  • Blood disorders
  • Carminative
  • Diuretic
  • Flatulence
  • General Debility
  • Gout
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney and Gal stones
  • Laxative
  • Nervine
  • Nervous afflictions
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Rheumatism
  • Sleep aid
  • Spasmodic disorders
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic

Celery is made up of leaves, stems, and a seed filled fruit.  Celery seeds have been used in medicine because they relieve flatulence, increase urine, and are used as an aphrodisiac.  They’re also used for spasmodic disorders.

Celery is also used to treat arthritis because it is high in organic sodium and has shown to prevent or relieve symptoms.

The juice of celery has been shown to aid in anemia, leukemia, and other blood disorders, nervous afflictions, and insomnia.

The seeds are used for flatulence and indigestion.  1 tsp soaked in buttermilk for 5 to 6 hours, then ground in the same buttermilk is used to relieve indigestion.

The plant as a food prevents kidney and gal stones.

The root is dried and used to treat general debility or malnutrition.  1 tsp of powder mixed with 1 Tbsp of honey twice per day is used for this.

On top of being so good for you, celery makes an excellent addition to salads, soups, stews, sauces, and tastes wonderful by its self or smothered in peanut butter, pimento cheese, or any other dip of your liking.  Choose thick green stalks with strong ribs, and don’t scrape any of it off, because the greenest parts of the plant are the most nutritionally filled.

As with any herbal remedy, this herb has not been approved by the FDA for medicinal use, should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical conditions, should be taken under the direction of a licensed medical professional, and should be stopped immediately if it causes harmful side effects.  If you are having a medical emergency, please get off the computer and call 911.  Pregnant women should not use this herb as a remedy without being instructed by her licensed medical professional, as strong mixtures of the seed were used in ancient to end pregnancy, although no studies were found that shows celery as a danger to pregnant women.  More likely the herbs used in the mixture with celery caused the end of pregnancy.

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Wow - I never realized that celery was good for so many things - I'll have to eat more of it - Great info!!

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