Celery seeds come from the same plant whose stalks we have all eaten and cooked with. If you have never seen the stalks in their natural habitat, the celery plant is slender and stands about two to three feet tall. It has three to five segmented leaves, and flowers with small white petals. The seeds come from the flowers, are very small, are tan to dark brown, and have a strong, pleasant smell.

Celery seed, whose sharp, refreshing flavor you may have tasted in pickles or sauerkraut, is also a useful herbal medicine. Celery seed has had varied uses around the world for thousands of years. Recent scientific studies have shown that certain chemicals in celery seed may actually help problems such as high blood pressure, arthritis, muscle spasm and anxiety. Several chemicals in celery seed block inflammation or relieve pain. Others chemicals relax muscles that are in spasm. Celery seed contains calcium, which can help relax muscle cramps.

Certain chemicals in celery seed are anti-bacterial, while others are diuretic, meaning that they help remove water from the body in the form of urine. This helps wash away bacteria and the minerals that cause kidney and bladder stones.

Several chemicals in celery seed are hypotensive, meaning that they help lower blood pressure. Celery seeds are also rich in calcium, which may also lower blood pressure.

Celery seed has long been used in traditional medicine to treat gout and kidney stones. It lowers the levels of uric acid in the body.

Studies in lab animals show that celery seed prevents liver damage caused by toxic chemicals. It has been used for centuries as a liver tonic.

Celery seed strengthens muscles in the uterus, which helps increase menstrual flow.

A compound in celery seed called limonene acts as a mild tranquilizer. The calcium in celery seed helps calm tense nerves.

The properties in celery seed have been reported useful support for the following:

Studies in lab animals show that celery seed prevents liver damage caused by toxic chemicals. It has been used for centuries as a liver tonic.

Celery seed is also reported helpful for prevention of cancer. A number of substances in celery seed prevented tumors in lab animals exposed to cancer-causing substances.

Celery is comprised of volatile oils (including apiol), flavonoids, boron, calcium, iron, limonene, sodium, zinc, 3-N-butyl-phthalide, alpha-linolenic-acid, beta-eudesmol, guaiacol, isoimperatorin, isoquercitrin, limonene, p-cymene, terpinen-4-ol, umbelliferone. The herb is available as fresh or dried seeds, tablets, capsules filled with celery seed oil, or Celery seed extract, in which the active ingredients of celery seed have been extracted by alcohol or glycerin. Celery seed is considered safe and no known serious negative side-effects are reported.

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Please note: the information contained herein has been compiled from various sources. The above statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. We make no claims, either expressed or implied, that any treatments mentioned in this newsletter will cure disease, replace prescription medication, or supersede sound medical advice.


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