Essential oils have many health-promoting benefits. Many essential oils are now replacing toxic chemicals for household, industrial, and agricultural purposes. They are used in aromatherapy, natural perfumery, incense, and cosmetic products. Scents can usually be found in personal care products, such as perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, shampoos and conditioners, deodorants, lotions and soaps.
Celery seed oil is produced in France, India and California, oil can also be obtained from its root. It is used chiefly for flavouring foods, vegetable juices, etc., although small quantities are also used in perfumery. Wild celery is an aromatic bitter tonic herb that reduces blood pressure, relieves indigestion, stimulates the uterus and is anti-inflammatory.
The ripe seeds, herb and root are aperient, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, nervine, stimulant and tonic. Wild celery is said to be useful in cases of hysteria, promoting restfulness and sleep and diffusing through the system a mild sustaining influence.
Celery seed essential oil works as a sedative to the central nervous system and can help one to relax and get restful sleep simply through the aroma alone. It can help with reducing water retention as it is a diuretic and can help to clean toxins out of the body.
Oil from the root has been used in Chinese medicine for impotency. The essential oils found in celeriac juice can stimulate kidney function, while the potassium promotes urinary activity, giving this juice its purifying characteristics. The seed, seed extract, and oil are used to commercially flavour beverages, celery salt, meats, soups, pickles, and bakery produce.
Celery roots, fruits (seeds), and aerial parts, are used as ethno medically to treat mild anxiety and agitation, loss of appetite, fatigue and cough. Celery calms the nerve because of the high calcium content and helps in controlling high blood pressure.
Raw celery should be eaten to reduce high blood pressure. The oil and large doses of seeds should be avoided during pregnancy; they can act as a uterine stimulant.