CELERY SEED: “A Natural Diuretic”
Anxiety, Blood Pressure, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, Insomnia
Also Known As: Marsh Parsley and Wild Celery
Celery elixirs have been used in healing throughout history. Ancient Greeks gave celery wine to winning athletes. Ayurvedic physicians in India have prescribed celery seeds since ancient as a diuretic, for flu, colds arthritis, indigestion and diseases of the liver and spleen. Down the centuries, herbalists have also used celery seeds for obesity, nervousness, menstrual promotion and certain cancers.
To relax your mind, try a pleasant tasting infusion. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh crushed seeds per one cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups of tea a day.
For a tincture, take one half to 1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Use well watered rich organic soil. Celery can grow year round in mild weather conditions. Otherwise, grow indoors starting in January. Start to bed seedlings in the spring right after the frost has passed. Soak seeds before planting. Germination will take up to 10 days.
Transplant the seedlings when they are about 3 inches in height. This process should take about 3 months. Space plants 6 inches apart and water copiously. Harvest when the plants are mature.
Be careful when planting. Certain chemicals in celery may cause skin rashes. Wear sunscreen to prevent a reaction.
Pregnant women should not take diuretics without a doctors approval. Celery Seed is on the FDA’s list of herbs regarded as generally safe.