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Nutritional benefits of Celery oil:
A crunchy biennial plant, Celery is a herb in the Apiaceae family, which has been cultivated for centuries in various forms. It was primarily cultivated for its medicinal properties; but now it has become the part of daily diet of consumers around the world. All parts of a celery plant are edible and usable including the root, also known as celeriac, crisp stalks, seeds, and feathery green leaves. Its leaves are also used as seasoning in preparing many recipes.
Celery is a biennial plant in the family apiaceae, and is related to dill, carrots, fennel, and parsley. It requires deep, well drained soil with plenty of organic matter and a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Its leaves are finely divided and light to dark green in colour. The flowers are creamy-white which are 2-3 mm diameter and produced in dense compound umbels. The seeds are broad ovoid to globose, 1.5-2 mm long and wide.
The tiny and tan/brown coloured celery seeds possess innumerable medicinal properties. Though, these seeds are not common among western herbal medicines, but they have been widely used in in other parts of the world for thousands of years. Celery seed contains calcium, boron, iron, zinc, and the vitamins: A, B-complex, and C. In Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of India, celery seed has been used to treat colds, flu, water retention, poor digestion, various types of arthritis, and certain diseases of the liver and spleen.
Celery seeds are also used as flavouring or spice either as whole seeds or, ground and mixed with salads, soups, stews, vegetable dishes, meat dishes, and celery salt. Known for their bitter smell and spicy taste, they are often dried for use in various cuisines. The pungent and spicy seeds of celery are generally recognized as safe for human consumption as a spice, natural seasoning, and plant extract/essential oil.
Celery oil is obtained from seeds or seed chaff by a process of crushing and steam distillation. The essential oil of celery seed includes d-limonene, selinene, sesquiterpene alcohols, sedanolide, and sedanonic anhydride. Known for its anti-arthritic and anti-rheumitic properties, it is recognised as a herbal and dietary supplement by herbologist in many countries of the world.