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
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.