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Celery Seeds Whole - 100 g - Herbal Collection

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Celery Seeds Whole - 100 g - Herbal Collection
Apium graveolens


Celery seeds (Apium graveolens) have been used for centuries in traditional medicine and cuisine around the world. 

These tiny, light-brown seeds are derived from the wild celery plant and are packed with various properties and potential health benefits. 

Some of the traditional uses, properties, and benefits of celery seeds include:


  1. Diuretic properties: Celery seeds have been traditionally used as a natural diuretic, helping to increase urine production and eliminate excess water from the body. This can be beneficial in managing conditions like high blood pressure, edema, and kidney disorders.
  2. Anti-inflammatory effects: Celery seeds contain compounds like luteolin and apigenin, which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds may help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms associated with conditions like arthritis and gout.
  3. Antioxidant properties: Rich in antioxidants, celery seeds help neutralize free radicals and protect cells from oxidative damage. This can contribute to overall health and may help prevent chronic diseases.
  4. Digestive aid: Celery seeds have been used to promote digestion and soothe digestive issues like indigestion, gas, and bloating.
  5. Menstrual discomfort relief: Some traditional practices use celery seeds to alleviate menstrual cramps and discomfort due to their antispasmodic properties.
  6. Antimicrobial effects: Celery seeds have been known to exhibit antimicrobial properties, which may help protect against bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
  7. Flavoring agent: In culinary applications, celery seeds are used as a spice and flavoring agent, adding a distinctive taste to dishes like soups, pickles, and salads.



Source : http://www.wikiphyto.org/wiki/Ache_des_marais


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plant name


Swamp ache, celery , fragrant ache, marsh parsley


International Latin denomination


Apium graveolens L.


botanical family


Apiaceae ( Umbelliferae )


Description and habitat



History and tradition


  • According to Lieutaghi, the genus name Apium comes from the Sanskrit Apya "which grows in water" .
  • Cultivated forms constitute celery , the branches or root of which are eaten ( celeriac )
  • Used in the form of “diuretic syrup” or “five-root syrup” with Ache , Asparagus , Fennel , Parsley , Buttercup


Parts used



Dosage forms available



Usual dosages




Main components of the plant



Main components of buds or young shoots


Main components of essential oil





Plant properties


  • The whole plant is diuretic [1] , [2] , [3] , [4]
  • Increases urinary calcium elimination, reduces calcium deposition in a mouse model of nephrocalcinosis [5]
  • The fruits are tranquilizers and sedatives, analgesics, anticonvulsants by alkaloids
  • Hypotensive, used for the indication of hypertension in traditional Chinese medicine
  • Hypolipidemic [6]
  • Hepatoprotective, the methanolic extract protects against damage caused by hepatotoxic compounds (paracetamol, thioacetamide) [7]
  • Apiin is anti -inflammatory [8] , but celery seed extract is gastro-protective [9]
  • Male and female aphrodisiac? (according to a medieval aphorism, “if the woman knew what celery does to the man, she would go and get it from Paris to Rome”)
    • Celery contains androstenone (5α-androst-16-en-3-one), a pheromone found in mammalian urine and sweat, as does parsnip Pastinaca sativa


Bud properties


Properties of essential oil


  • Tonic and antispasmodic
  • Hepatocyte stimulant
  • Digestive tonic, eupeptic, carminative, cholagogue
  • Calming, sedative
  • Venous decongestant
  • Urinary antiseptic
  • Antipigment
  • Phthalides are preventive against certain chemo-induced gastric cancers [10] , the essential oil is anti-mutagenic [11] , [12] , decreases the formation of DNA adducts by aflatoxin B1 [13]
  • 3-n-butylphthalide reduces accumulation of beta-amyloid protein, with potential action on Alzheimer's disease [14]




Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)


  • hypertension in traditional chinese medicine
  • Calcium and oxalic urolithiasis
  • Sexual asthenia
  • Poisoning
  • Digestive disorders


Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)


Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


  • Liver and kidney failure
  • Varicose veins, hemorrhoids
  • Asthenia, depression, anxiety
  • Insomnia, nervous disorders
  • Cystitis, gout, renal detoxification
  • Foul breath, slight hepatic insufficiency, flatulence
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Senile spots, of "old age"
  • Cancer chemo-prevention


Known or suspected mode of action


  • Limonene is expectorant
  • Limonene protects against cancerization of the skin, liver, breast and colon
  • Monoterpenes would be cortisone-like
  • Phthalides are detoxifying


Usual formulations





Possible side effects and precautions for use


  • Risk of phyto-photodermatoses by contact with the plant then exposure to the sun (presence of furanocoumarins ( psoralen , xanthotoxin , bergapten ) in celery leaves
  • The essential oil is not recommended for children under 6 years old, not recommended for pregnant women
  • Risk of photosensitization. Do not apply before sun exposure


Bibliographic references


  1. Aller↑ Jenabi, E., & Fereidoony, B. (2015). Effect of Achillea millefolium on relief of primary dysmenorrhea: a double-blind randomized clinical trial. Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology, 28(5), 402-404.
  2. Aller↑ Mahran, GH, Kadry, HA, Isaac, ZG, Thabet, CK, Al‐Azizi, MM, & El‐Olemy, MM (1991). Investigation of diuretic drug plants. 1. Phytochemical screening and pharmacological evaluation of Anethum graveolens L., Apium graveolens L., Daucus carota L. and Eruca sativa mill. Phytotherapy Research, 5(4), 169-172.
  3. Aller↑ Fazal, SS, & Singla, RK (2012). Review on the pharmacognostic & pharmacological characterization of Apium graveolens Linn. Indo Global Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2(1), 36-42.
  4. Aller↑ Ishaq, H., Furqan, M., Sheikh, D., Raza, ML, Naqvi, BS, & Mehmood, T. (2016). Comparative study of ethanolic and aqueous extracts of Apium graveolens L. root with furosemide for its diuretic activity & excretion of urinary metabolites in Wistar rats. Science International, 28(3).
  5. Aller↑ Al Jawad, FH, Al Razzuqi, RA, & Al Jeboori, AA (2011). Apium graveolens accentuates urinary Ca+ 2 excretions in experimental model of nephrocalcinosis. International Journal of Green Pharmacy (IJGP), 5(2).
  6. Aller↑ D.Tsi, NP Das, BKH Tan. Effects of Aqueous Celery (Apium graveolens) Extract on Lipid Parameters of Rats Fed a High Fat Diet. PlantaMed 1995; 61(1): 18-21
  7. Aller↑ Anubha Singh, SS Handa. Hepatoprotective activity of Apium graveolens and Hygrophila auriculata against paracetamol and thioacetamide intoxication in rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 49, Issue 3, 15 December 1995, Pages 119-126
  8. Aller↑ T. Mencherini, A. Cau, G. Bianco, R. Della Loggia, RP Aquino, G. Autore. An extract of Apium graveolens var. dulce leaves: structure of the major constituent, apiin, and its anti-inflammatory properties. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Volume 59, Issue 6, pages 891–897, June 2007
  9. Aller↑ MW Whitehouse, DE Butters, ML Clarke, KD Rainsford. NSAID gastropathy: prevention by celery seed extracts in disease-stressed rats. Inflammopharmacology 9(1):201-209 (2001)
  10. Aller↑ Guo-qiang Zhenga; Patrick M. Kenneya; Jilun Zhanga; Luke KT Lama. Chemoprevention of benzo[a]pyrene-induced stomach cancer in mice by natural phthalides from celery seed oil. Nutrition and Cancer, Volume 19, Issue 1 1993 , pages 77 - 86
  11. Aller↑ Sobti RC, Mittal OP, Anupinder Sachdeva, Gill GB. Anticlastogenic effect of essential oil to seeds of Apium graveolens. Cytologia, 1991, vol. 56, no2, pp. 303-308
  12. Aller↑ Guo-qiang Zheng, Patrick M. Kenney, Jilun Zhang, Luke KT Lam. Chemoprevention of benzo[a]pyrene-induced stomach cancer in mice by natural phthalides from celery seed oil. Nutrition and Cancer, Volume 19, Issue 1 1993 , pages 77 - 86
  13. Aller↑ Shehla Hashima; VS Aboobakerb; R. Madhubalaa; RK Bhattacharyab; AR Raoa. Modulatory effects of essential oils from spices on the formation of DNA adduct by aflatoxin B1 in vitro. Nutrition and Cancer, Volume 21, Issue 2 1994 , pages 169 - 175
  14. Aller↑ Peng Y, Sun J, Hon S, Nylander AN, Xia W, Feng Y, Wang X, Lemere CA. L-3-n-butylphthalide improves cognitive impairment and reduces amyloid-beta in a transgenic model of Alzheimer's disease. J Neurosci. 2010 Jun 16;30(24):8180-9. PMID 20554868
  • John W. Uhlig, Alan Chang, Joseph J. Jen. Effect of Phthalides on Celery Flavor. Journal of Food Science, Volume 52, Issue 3, pages 658–660, May 1987
  • Jagan Mohan Rao L, Nagalakshmi S, Pura Naik J, Shankaracharya NB Studies on chemical and technological aspects of celery (Apium graveolens. Linn) seed. Journal of food science and technology. 2000, vol. 37, no. 6, p. 631-635 (18 refs.) [1]
  • Ludwiczuk A, Najda A, Wolski T, Baj T. Chromatographic determination of the content and the composition of extracts and essential oils from the fruits of three varieties of stalk celery (Apium graveolens L. var. dulce Mill. pers.). JPC. Journal of planar chromatography, modern TLC. 2001, vol. 14, no.6, pp. 400-404 (13 refs.) [2]


Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.

Do not exceed the daily dose.


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