Celery

Botanical name

Apium graveolens

Common Names

Celery

FAMILY

Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Description

Several parts of this plant are used commonly, both the seeds (as a spice) and the stalk. 

Part supplied

The whole seeds.

Food Use

Recipes

Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.

Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

Medicinal Use

Urinary antiseptic, arthritis, rheumatism.

Key actions: Anti-inflammatory, mild diuretic, antirheumatic, mild spasmolytic. 

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat gout, arthritis and inflammation within the urinary tract. 

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.

Directions

Infusion: About half a teaspoon of herb (0.5 to 1 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Decoction: About half a  teaspoon of herb (0.5 to 1 g) to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Tincture: Take 5 ml (1:3 in 60% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Fluid extract: 1:1 Take 0.5 to 2 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Dried Herb: Maximum of 3 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.

Other Uses

Cosmetic Use

None known.

Other Uses

None known.

Cautions

Contraindications

Do not take if you have an allergy to the mugwort or birch families. Consult professional advice if you suffer from a kidney disorder. 

This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Apiaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.

PREGNANCY

Do not use whilst breastfeeding without consulting professional advice.

Side effects

Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Interactions with drugs

May interact with thyroxine replacement therapy and lessen its effect. Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.

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