Medicinal plants

Celery – Application & Treatment for Health


The genus Celery (Latin: Apium) with its thirty species belongs to the umbelliferae family (Apiaceae). The type of common celery (Apium graveolens), which is used as a useful and medicinal plant , is particularly widespread .

Occurrence & Cultivation of Celery

The wild form of real celery is distributed worldwide. It thrives primarily in saline and swampy-moist soil in temperate latitudes. It is believed that cultivation began in the Mediterranean area.

Today, the wild form in Germany, depending on the federal state, is considered endangered to extinct. Celery is cultivated as part of vegetable cultivation, where it can be harvested in May after sowing in January.

Celery can also be harvested during summer and autumn. For this purpose, early celery plants are planted outdoors between May and June. Celery is available fresh as a vegetable almost all year round.

The ancient Egyptians used wild celery as a medicinal plant, as did the ancient Greeks, from whom the Romans adopted celery . In Central Europe, celery was used as a medicinal plant from the Middle Ages. The varieties available today originated in Italy from the 17th century.

Effect & Application

Nowadays, celeriac in the form of celeriac is particularly popular as a soup green, but is also used as a root vegetable in stews. In traditional Central European cuisine, pureed celery is served as a side dish, used in salads such as Waldorf salad, in soups or – fried in slices and breaded – as a main course, the so-called celery schnitzel.

Until the 18th century, however, it was only cultivated in monastery gardens, since celery was said to have an aphrodisiac and mild mood-enhancing effect, and it therefore belonged in the hands of an experienced druggist. In the form of cut or spiced celery, where only the celery leaves are used, celery is probably one of the most popular kitchen herbs to this day, probably due to its alleged potency-enhancing effect.

The mild-tasting celery or celery is used as a vegetable or raw food, whereas the celeriac is preferably eaten as soup greens or braised vegetables. Very modern and popular is celery, which is served raw with herb dips or filled with cream cheese. Light summer cuisine also includes steamed celery sticks or stalks baked with cheese.

Importance to health

Due to its high content of essential oils , celery is considered valuable from a nutritional point of view. The essential oils are not only used for the spicy taste, but also have a blood pressure-lowering effect. In addition, the terpenes contained in celery oil are said to inhibit the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria in the mouth and disinfect the throat and stomach.

Celery juice (health food store) has a draining, purifying and blood-cleansing effect. This is thanks to celery’s high potassium content , which promotes drainage. In addition to potassium , celery contains vitamins B1 , B2 , B12 , vitamin C and vitamin E as well as valuable minerals such as calcium and iron . Celery has a general circulatory and metabolism-stimulating effect and is generally invigorating.

This may explain the traditional potency-enhancing effect. In addition, celery promotes gastric acid formation and thus has a beneficial effect on digestion.

Eating a celery salad made with grated celery, apples, nuts, brown sugar, and honey can also help with skin conditions. This salad is also said to have a detoxifying effect. Last but not least, a celery pad is a traditional treatment for urinary tract problems. Celery roots and leaves are cut into small pieces, boiled with water or wine to a pulp and wrapped in a linen cloth and placed on the lower abdomen.

Celery is a low-calorie food, which is why it is also suitable for the healthy diet kitchen. However, kidney sufferers should not consume celery in large amounts as celery can irritate the kidneys. Celery is also considered an allergy trigger . People with a corresponding predisposition should be careful here.

Lisa Newlon
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Hello! I am Lisa Newlon, and I am a medical writer and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I have a Master’s degree in Medicine, and my deep understanding of medical terminology, practices, and procedures has made me a trusted source of information in the medical world.