Celery Seed is the
dried fruit of Apium graveolens, a biennial in the parsley family. The
apium graveolens is slender and stands about two to three feet tall. It
has three to five 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 has been used
since earliest times as a food, for flavoring and for medicinal
purposes. During ancient times, Ayurvedic physicians used celery seed to
treat people with colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, bloating,
flatulence, various types of arthritis, and certain ailments of the
liver and spleen and kidney.
Today, celery seed is
used primarily as a diuretic to promote the excretion of urine. The
diuretic action combined with the presence of anti-bacterial compounds
in celery seed also make it useful in treating urinary tract infections.
Laboratory studies have found that compounds in celery seed and its
essential oil may also help reduce muscle spasms, calm the nerves, and
reduce inflammation. In fact, some experts claim that celery seed
alleviates the pain associated with certain inflammatory health
conditions such as arthritis and gout. It purifies the body and cleanses
the kidneys, spleen and liver. Also help to dissolve uric acid crystals
in patients with Gout. It has large amount of potassium and organic
sodium that help the body to get rid of waste material by stimulating
the sites of excreta such as the skin, rectum and kidneys. It contains
vitamins A, C and B-complex. In addition, a few animal studies suggest
that celery seed extracts may have activity to help lower blood pressure
and cholesterol as well as protect the liver from damaging agents.