Latin name: Apium graveolens
Other name: celery fruit
What is Celery Seed?
As the name would imply, celery seed comes from the celery plant—a close cousin of the variety so often served with carrots and dip. The seed is used as a basic seasoning in food and drink, but also has important medicinal qualities.
What are the health benefits of Celery Seed?
Celery seed is usually taken as a tea, and sometimes as an extract or in capsule form. It has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. Its first known mention as a medicinal plant can be found in an ancient roman medical text from 30 AD. It was then—and still is—used to settle the stomach when upset and to reduce intestinal gas. The extract is used as a homeopathic remedy to treat gout and as a diuretic to increase urination.
More information about the healing powers of Celery can be found in the Food section.
Are there any precautions for taking Celery Seed?
Individuals with a celery allergy should avoid celery seeds.
Where can I find Celery Seed?
The seed is widely available in the spice section of grocery stores. It is a good herb to have in your kitchen—both to use as a seasoning, and for an upset stomach.
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