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Celery Seed
Celery Seed
Celery Seed
Apium graveolens

Plant Origin: India
Method: Steam distilled seeds
Culitivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Monoterpene
Aroma: Sweet, warm, spicy, earthy
Note (Evaporation Rate): Powerful, spicy, warm
Arctander wrote: Its diffusive power and great odor tenacity should not be underestimated. 
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# CSD-101
d-limonene 74.37%
beta-selinene 8.55%
sedanolide 5.88%
alpha-selinene 1.42%


Children? Suitable
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable
Therapeutic Uses:
Celery Seed essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Blood purification 
Digestion (constipation, cramps, gas, spasms) 
Joints, aches, pains 
Menstrual issues 
Nervous System support 
Stress relief 
Urinary Tract 
Uterine spasms  
Varicose veins 

Aromatherapy Literature Notes
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1 drop in a glass of water can be taken once or twice, 3 days in a row, to drain toxicity from the kidneys.

Schnaubelt notes: "To draw inorganic toxins such as uric acids and mineral-type deposits: Celery Seed (or Celery juice can also be effective)."
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil. Celery Seed was neither irritating nor sensitizing when tested on 25 volunteers at 4% dilution (Tissesrand/Young).

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler

Internal: Celery Seed is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for information about internal usage.
Hopewell Essential oil blends with Celery Seed
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider. 

Skin sensitization if oxidized, so old or oxidized oils should be avoided. Best stored in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Arctander, Steffen, Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, pp. 149-51. 
Purchon, Nerys; Cantele, Lora, Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, page 45-46.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2111, page 195.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 241-242.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, page 577.