Found within the green leafy stalks of this popular vegetable, celery seeds were popularly used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat flu, colds, water retention, rheumatoid arthritis, poor digestion, and many others.
When not being used to cure people, it is commonly used as a flavoring spice for salads, soups, and curries.
Celery seeds, along with the celery plant’s fruit, are either dried or pressed into oil for medicinal use. They are usually made into capsules or as extracts that can be mixed with your beverages.
There are several benefits brought about by the celery plant, particularly its seeds. Here’s a list of its known health benefits:
Relieves menstrual discomfort
Relieves muscle and joint pains
Regulates bowel movements
All-natural sleeping sedative
Celery seeds are found to contain a number of substances that are deemed helpful for the body. These include flavonoids (contain anti-inflammatory properties), antioxidants, coumarins, omega-6 fatty acids, mild blood-thinning compounds, and diuretic oils. These substances, when combined, can help fight conditions such as gout.
Research also shows how celery seeds can aid in relieving menstrual discomfort and repelling pesky mosquitoes. The former has some recorded clinical research where women consumed a product that contained celery seeds, saffron, and anise for three straight days, and their pain, as well as the duration of it, reduced significantly.
With regard to celery seeds’ use as mosquito repellant, there are studies wherein they apply gel which contain 5 percent to 25 percent celery extract to the skin of test subjects. It was found to repel mosquitoes for up to four and a half hours. Other studies also show that combining celery extract with eucalyptus oil, vanillin, citronella oil, and orange oil can produce a mosquito repellant that is just as effective as those sold commercially.
Celery seeds are also known for their cancer-fighting ability attributed to components that can attack tumors, their ability to manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels to prevent heart problems, and their antiseptic properties which can help treat several infections in the body. However, the other benefits mentioned still do not have enough scientific evidence to support them.
Probably the biggest precaution concerning this herb is the allergic reaction which can cause anaphylactic shock. Naturally, people who are allergic to celery must steer clear of its seeds.
Whether used as a flavoring agent, a garnish, or a medicinal supplement, the whole celery plant should be given more attention, and must be utilized wisely for greater health benefits.