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Celery Seed Oil

What is Celery?
A crunchy biennial plant, 'Celery' is a herb in the Apiaceae family, which has been cultivated for centuries in various forms. It was primarily cultivated for its medicinal properties; but now it has become the part of daily diet of consumers around the world. All parts of a celery plant are edible and usable including the root, also known as celeriac, crisp stalks, seeds, and feathery green leaves. Its leaves are also used as seasoning in preparing many recipes.

Celery Plant
Celery is a biennial plant in the family apiaceae, and is related to dill, carrots, fennel, and parsley. It requires deep, well drained soil with plenty of organic matter and a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Its
leaves are finely divided and light to dark green in colour. The flowers are creamy-white which are 2-3 mm diameter and produced in dense compound umbels. The seeds are broad ovoid to globose, 1.5-2 mm long and wide.
 
Celery Seeds
The tiny and tan/brown coloured celery seeds possess innumerable medicinal properties. Though, these seeds are not common among western herbal medicines, but they have been widely used in in other parts of the world for thousands of years. Celery seed contains calcium, boron, iron, zinc, and the vitamins: A, B-complex, and C. In Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of India, celery seed has been used to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, various types of arthritis, and certain diseases of the liver and spleen.

Celery seeds are also used as flavouring or spice either as whole seeds or, ground and mixed with

salads, soups, stews, vegetable dishes, meat dishes, and celery salt. Known for their bitter smell and spicy taste, they are often dried for use in various cuisines. The pungent and spicy seeds of celery are generally recognized as safe for human consumption as a spice, natural seasoning, and plant extract/essential oil.

 

Celery seeds are available in the following forms:

  • Fresh or dried seeds
  • Tablets
  • Capsules filled with celery seed oil
  • Celery seed extract.
Celery Seed Oil
Celery seed oil is obtained from seeds or seed chaff by a process of crushing and steam distillation. The
essential oil of celery seed includes d-limonene, selinene, sesquiterpene alcohols, sedanolide, and sedanonic anhydride. Known for its anti-arthritic and anti-rheumitic properties, it is recognised as a herbal and dietary supplement by herbologist in many countries of the world.
 
Oil Composition
The major constituents of celery seed oil are:
  • Oleic
  • Stearic
  • Linoleic
  • Myristic
  • Palmitic
  • Palmitoleic
  • Myristoleic
  • Fatty Acids Petroselinic.
     
Medicinal Properties & Health Benefits
Celery is valuable in diets, where it provides low-calorie fiber bulk. As a medicinal plant, it has been used as an aphrodisiac, anthelmintic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, sedative, stimulant, and tonic.
 

Its properties are anti-rheumatic, sedative, urinary antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and nervine and it can be used as a natural remedy for treating many diseases including:

  • Cancer
  • Diuretic
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Rheumatism.
Other Uses of Celery Seed Oil
The essential oil and oleoresin of celery seed are also used in various other applications. It is used as a flavoring or fragrance in liqueurs, perfumes, and cosmetics, such as soaps, creams, and lotions.
 
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