Traditional Home and Folk Remedy: Celery

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote that celery could be used to calm the nerves, and indeed its very high calcium level is likely to be the reason for this phenomenon.

The seeds, leaves, and edible root of the plant are used. Celery is best eaten raw, and its juice is particularly useful. The seeds are rich in iron and many vitamins, including A, B, and C and can be used in the treatment of liver problems and high blood pressure.

Celery seed, or ajwan, grows wild in India all year round. Traditional Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe celery seed to reduce high vatha stages- indigestion, nervous stomach, and ungrounded emotions. In aromatherapy, celery seed oil can be used to counteract jet lag and exposure to smog and toxic environments. Celery seed is a strong diuretic, so you may want to drink extra water when taking this herb.



  • Because celery may cause the uterus to contract it should not be eaten during pregnancy.
  • Celery seed may cause minor discomfort in some people. If you are experiencing a stomach upset or diarrhea while taking celery seed, discontinue use.
  • Pregnant women should not take celery seed without a physicians’s approval because of its strong diuretic properties.
  • Do not give celery seed to children under 2 years old.
  • Consult a physician before consuming large quantities for medicinal purposes.



Celery seed reduces kapha and vatha, and increases pitta. It is most commonly used as a diuretic, since fluid retention aggravates high blood pressure, congestive heart conditions, premenstrual syndrome, arthritis, and gout.

For a mildly diuretic infusion, or to bring on menstruation, crush 1 1/2 teaspoons of celery seeds. Add 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. You may drink up to 3 cups of the infusion a day.



Celery seeds can be used to make a tonic that benefits the kidneys.

You will need:

  • a bottle of brandy
  • celery seeds

Steep 2 tablespoons of bruised celery sees in 1pt. (500ml.) of brandy.

Take 1 tablespoon of the infused brandy, mixed with 2 tablespoons of water, three times daily.



Detoxifying Massage Blend

4 drops celery essential oil

3 drops juniper essential oil

3 drops lemon essential oil

4 teaspoons (20ml.) grapeseed oil

Mix together and use for full body massage.


I hope this is helpful to you!

Consult a physician before consuming large quantities for medicinal purposes.

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Book: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD, PHD

ISBN #9780007851379

Information pulled August 3, 2018



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