Herbs Guide


Family Name: Umbelliferae

Botanical Name(s): Apium Graveolens

Popular Name(s): Celery, Celery Seeds, Smallage, Garden Celery, Wild Celery, and Marsh Parsely

Parts Used: The whole plant is used, including the roots, seeds and oil.

Habitat: Grows wild in salty soils of North and South America, Europe and Africa.

Description: It is an aromatic biennial with bulbous fleshy roots and solid grooved stems, pinnate divided leaves, up to 50 cm long. Gray-brown seeds follow umbels of green-white flowers.

Uses: Celery is used externally to combat fungal infections and to battle tumors. The furocoumarins contained in celery are typically used for their stomachic, carminative, diuretic and emmenagogue properties. As a salad vegetable or made into a tea, celery can be helpful also in clearing up skin problems. A decoction of the seeds can be used for bronchitis, rheumatism and as a sedative for nervousness.