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Celery seed | Apium graveolens

general characteristics

general characteristics

Celery is a member of the Apiaceae family (along with carrot, parsnip and similar) and needs little description as it is so well known. Whilst the fleshy stems and root and leaves are also edible and medicinal, we are talking mainly here about the medicinal properties and uses of the seeds.

Wild celery (the distant relative of modern celery) hails from the Mediterranean region but is bitter and acrid to taste. The celery we eat today has been cultivated specifically for a gentler flavour. It is biennial (completes it life cycle over 2 years), flowering June to September in its second year and prefers to grow in damper ground. Modern celery will happily grow in rich garden soil.



Celery seed dried herb and tincture are available to buy in our herbal shop.


harvesting and preparation

harvesting and preparation

 It is important that you don't eat celery seed from a seed packet as they may well contain pesticides and fungicides. Use organic celery seeds wherever possible, grown for medicinal use.

If growing the celery yourself, wait for the flower heads to dry. When they are, shake the heads into a paper bag to collect the seeds. Allow to dry out on a tray and store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight.


Celery seed dried herb and tincture are available to buy in our herbal shop.


therapeutic actions and uses

therapeutic actions and uses

The whole celery plant is rich in antioxidants, however the seeds are richest in essential oils, anti-inflammatory, blood pressure lowering and blood thinning agents as well as antioxidants and omega oils. In older days they where a prime remedt for diseases of the liver and spleen.
Celery seed is used as a warming, slightly bitter and aromatic plant remedy, soothing the nerves, cleansing the joints and kidneys and moving the blood somewhat, thereby improving circulation. They are thought to make the blood more alkaline.
Lowers blood pressure. Celery seed has been used by herbalists and healers for high blood pressure and heart and circulatory health for centuries. Celery and the seeds both contain substances which even mainstream medical professionals admit are showing great promise in the treatment of high blood pressure as described in this article. Substances within the seed relax and dilate the blood vessels, allowing greater blood flow and reducing the pressure throughout the circulatory system. Celery seed would seem to be an all round helper for high blood pressure .... reducing pressure directly, eliminating excess water (no need for an additional diuretic), lowering cholesterol and even play an important role in congestive heart failure.
They also help to significantly lower high cholesterol and have been used in formulas to cleanse the blood of impurities.
They have a tonic action on the nerves, helping to control spasm and reduce pain and ease depression, stress and nervous exhaustion. They can also help to ease anxiety and insomnia.
Celery seeds act as a carminative to the digestive system, soothing griping pains, indigestion and flatulence and also acting to increase the appetite and generally improve digestion. Celery seeds have also been shown to induce the death of stomach cancer cells. It can also help ease mouth ulcers. Chewing the seeds can sweeten bad breath.
Anti-fungal and antibacterial against some Staphylococcus and Streptococcus strains and against H. pylori, an over-proliferation of which are said to be associated with stomach ulcers. Celery and its seeds do have value to prevent and help resolve stomach ulcers.
Celery seeds are excellent for rheumatism and all its accompanying problems, arthritis and osteoarthritis and other joint conditions involving pain and inflammation such as ankylosing spondylitis.
Fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder and other joint pains/problems, nerve pain (neuralgia), joint stiffnesssciatica, lumbago, general backache, bursitis and even painful corns can all benefit from celery seed.
Anti-inflammatory and cleansing.
Celery seed has been used traditionally as a most effective and important remedy for gout as it decreases uric acid levels and cleans the joints but is also cleansing and antiseptic to the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract. Can also be useful for kidney stones, cystitis, water retention (oedema) and other urinary tract conditions. They are particularly effective in eliminating waste acids via the kidneys.
Celery and its seeds are also commonly eaten to encourage weight loss.
Coughs and bronchitis and even asthma may be improved with celery seeds alongside other appropriate herbs. It has been used for centuries to clear mucous and phlegm from the head and lungs.
All parts of the celery plant seem to exert a hypoglcaemic (lowers high blood sugar) action and can be taken in diabetes as noted in this abstract on the hypoglycaemic and pancreatic regeneration actions of celery. It has also beneficial to the pancreas.
Celery seed is used in India to protect the liver from toxicity and poisons.
Headaches may be eased with celery seeds.
Celery seeds are rich in phyto-oestrogens and can be used with other herbs (fenugreek, holy thistle etc) to increase the flow of breast milk. They can also help to bring on delayed menstruation (they also stimulate uterine contractions) and help eliminate excess water during premenstrual times. In Iran, celery seeds have a long history as an aphrodisiac for women and to improve sexual dysfunction.
It also has a traditional use in Russia and Iran for regaining and maintaining sexual potency and as an aphrodisiac. Celery seeds can also be used to increase the health of the testicles (such as in orchitis) and the prostate gland.

dosage and cautions

dosage and cautions

* Avoid using celery seeds during pregnancy due to their stimulating action on the uterus.

* Avoid celery seed if you have chronic kidney disease or kidney inflammation as the oils can irritate kidney tissue.

* Use caution if taking prescribed medications, especially blood pressure or blood thinning or clotting medications.

* Celery can produce an allergic reaction in those sensitive to the carrot family or birch tree or mugwort pollens.

* Celery seeds can very occasionally produce photo-sensitivity in some people. Stay out of the sun or cover up when using celery seed if the skin over-reacts to sunlight.


*Celery seeds work particularly well (especially for cleansing and as a diuretic) when combined with dandelion root or leaves.


Tincture: 2.5 ml up to 5 ml, 3 times daily.

Dried seed in tea form: 1/2 -1 teaspoon of crushed seeds per cup, up to 3 cups daily. Simmer gently to extract the most from the seed, cover to preserve the volatile oils and drink immediately. You can also just crush a teaspoon of the seeds and add boiling water and allow to infuse for 10 minutes before drinking.


Eat several sticks of celery daily to gain from its medicinal actions, at least 4 sticks a day seems to be effective for lowering blood pressure. The leaves and grated roots can also be eaten and are delicious. You can also add a stick of celery to your daily juice to gain its medicinal benefits.

Grind the seeds and add them to sea salt for a tasty and medicinal condiment, especially useful for those restricting their salt intake due to high blood pressure issues.



Add 12 to the child’s age. Divide the child’s age by the total.
E.g. dosage for a 4 year old...... 4 {age} divided by 16 {age + 12} = . 25  or 1/4 of the adult dosage.
* Caution is advised in children under 14 years or so in medicinal quantities. Avoid in those under 2 years old.





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