Celery seed comes from the same plant as celery (ie, celery stalk). The tiny seeds are tan/brown in color. Celery contains boron, calcium, iron, zinc, and Vitamins A, B-complex, and C.
These seeds are used to treat high blood pressure, nervousness and anxiety, muscle spasms, and to stimulate appetite. Other chemicals in the seeds may act as a diuretic, liver tonic (antioxidant properties), anti-inflammatory, and pain reliever.
Sources of Celery Seed
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.
- Do not use large amounts of celery seed.
- 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.
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