Celery fragrant

Commonly used: herb, fruit, root.

Pharmacy name: celery herb – Apii graveolentis heiba (formerly: Heiba ​​Apii graveolentis), celery fruit – Apii graveolentis fructus (formerly: Fmctus Apii graveolentis), celery oil – Apii graveolentis aetheroleum (formerly: Oleum Apii graveolentis), celery root – Apii graveolentis radix (formerly: Radix Apii graveolentis).

Botanical description. Wild celery is still found in damp saline areas of the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas, and in inland areas – in damp meadows and ditches. This protected wild form of celery has no medicinal value, as it tastes bad and is suspected to be poisonous. For medical purposes, a cultural form of celery is used. The odorous celery has a branching stem reaching a height of 1 m and a tuberous root. Large dark green shiny leaves are traditionally pinnately divided into 5, and the upper ones – only into 3 segments. Umbrella and umbrellas without wrappers and wrappers. Flowers small, white. From them, almost round, like a ball, fruits with distinct stripes develop. Blooms from July to September.

Active ingredients: essential oil, flavonoids, furanocoumarin, vitamins and mineral salts.

Healing action and application. And fresh juice from the roots and grass, and fruits, as well as the essential oil obtained from them, remove water from the body. This action is manifested after the celery is eaten as a condiment or vegetable, so juice or tea is usually abandoned, prescribing just a lot of celery in the form of a vegetable dish or salad. As a potency enhancer, celery is largely overrated.

Application in folk medicine. Although celery is little used in scientific medicine, it is still popular in folk medicine. Celery salad is given to people suffering from edema, difficulty urinating and stones in the bladder and kidneys. Freshly squeezed juice is also very effective: 2-3 tablespoons of it, taken every day, are a good diuretic. Tea is recommended for nervousness, chronic lung diseases, rheumatism and gout.

  • Celery tea: 2 heaping teaspoons of dried celery herb, pour 1/4 liter of cold water, bring to a boil quickly and strain. Dosage: 2 cups of tea every day.

Side effects at the above normal dosage can not be feared. Pregnant women and patients suffering from inflammation of the kidneys should refuse to use it.

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