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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

Key Constituents
Limonene 70.72%
beta-Selinene 13.35%
alpha-Selinene 2.18%
Sedanolide 4.29%
Phthalide<butyl> 1.88%

Children? Suitable
Pregnancy/Lactation? Suitable

Celery Seed is noted for helping digestion, liver cleansing and urinary tract support. It is also known to help increase milk supply for nursing mothers. It is antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, digestive aid, diuretic and liver protectant. Useful for joint aches and pains (arthritis/rheumatism), digestive and liver issues including hepatitis.

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)."

Hopewell Essential oil blends with Celery Seed

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired. Celery Seed was neither irritating nor sensitizing when tested on 25 volunteers at 4% dilution (Tissesrand/Young).

Inhalation: Diffuse

Internal: 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.

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. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. 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. We’ve not known this to cause 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.

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.