Celery (Latin name Apium Graveolens) belongs to the Apiaceae family. It is a biennial plant that blooms from June to August. It is cultivated mainly for cooking purposes, but it also has certain medicinal properties. It is usually used in soups and attention should be paid to the amount consumed, because large amounts can be considered toxic.
Historical References and Etymology
The earliest report is found in Greece during the Mycenaean era where it was called “serino”. Then that becomes “selino” or «σέλινο» as it’s called in Greek. The word was Latinized into “selero” and was then translated into French as “céleri” and as a result, it is now known as Celery. It has been used in food since ancient times. However, the Chinese and Indians used it as a medicinal plant, for colds, retention and in cases of indigestion
Health Benefits and Uses
Even now, it is used to regulate pressure. In addition, it helps in the digestion and good health of the teeth. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Its essential oil has a relaxing effect on the human nervous system.
Available Forms of Celery:
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.