These seeds are used to treat high blood pressure (hypotensive properties), nervousness and anxiety (limonene renders mild tranquilizing effects), muscle spasms (relaxes), and appetite (improves). Other chemicals in the seeds act as a diuretic, liver tonic (antioxidant properties), anti-inflammatory, and pain reliever. Celery seed may help prevent cancer (not substantiated).
Celery seed is available in the following forms: fresh or dried seeds, tablets, encapsulated oil or extract. To make tea, pour boiling water over crushed seeds.
Guidelines and Cautions
Purchase celery seeds from a reliable health food store. Do not consume seeds sold for planting (may be chemically treated).
Follow package directions for use.
Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take celery seed.
If you are taking celery seed for its diuretic properties, be aware that excessive use may deplete potassium levels.
As with any vitamin, herb, or supplement, always consult a medical professional prior to incorporating these substances into your diet.