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Botanical: Apium graveolens (LINN.)
---Synonyms---Smallage. Wild Celery.
Family: N.O. Umbelliferae
---Parts Used---Ripe seeds, herb and root.
---Habitat---Levant, South Europe, and cultivated in Great Britain, etc.
---Description---Odour characteristic and agreeable. Taste, aromatic, warm, and slightly pungent.
---Constituents---Celery seed contains two oils - one heavy, the other lighter; it also contains apiol, but not so much as is found in parsley.
---Medicinal Action and Uses---Carminative stimulant, diuretic, tonic, nervine, useful in hysteria, promoting restfulness and sleep, and diffusing through the system a mild sustaining influence. Good combined with Scutellaria for nervous cases with loss of tone. On this account it is recommended to eat the cultivated fresh root as well as taking the oil or fluid extract. Is said to be very good for rheumatism, when it is often combined with Coca, Damiana, etc. Dose: fluid extract, 3 to 7 drops every four hours.
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