CELERY SEED - Used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years around the world and as an Ayurvedic medicine, celery seed has been recommended to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, various types of arthritis, and certain diseases of the liver and spleen. However, the use of celery seed medicinally is relatively new to modern, Western, herbal medicine. Celery seed is also known as Apium graveolens and is promising for its many health benefits as we learn more about its properties. Celery has become widely used for culinary purposes because of its taste, crisp texture, and low calorie count. It is a popular diet food.
Celery contains valuable nutrients that contribute to its many health benefits. The celery plant is approximately 2 - 3 feet tall. It has a slender stalk with three to five segmented leaves and flowers with tiny, white petals. Celery seeds are very small, tan to dark brown in color, and have a strong, pleasant aroma. The seeds are found inside the white flowers of the plant. Celery seeds are comprised of several valuable components such as flavonoids (plant pigments that protect cells from damage due to their antioxidant impact), coumarins (blood-thinning chemical compounds), and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid).