Are you guilty of always being in a hurry? As a bitter herb/spice, celery seeds are ideal for helping a compromised digestive system from eating on the go. It’s known to help stimulate gastric juices in the digestive process.
Celery seeds grow wild in Europe and come from the wild celery called smallage. With a warming and aromatic nature, its seeds are considered quite bitter and pungent to the modern palate, so you only need a small quantity of them.
All parts are helpful, from the stems, leaves, and seeds. It is used in salads, soups, and herbal salt substitutes. Its culinary spice usage covers many ailments, including anxiety, arthritis, bronchitis, colds and flu, colic, cough, gas, gout, heartburn, indigestion, irritability, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, nausea, restlessness, and skin problems.
PROPERTIES: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, bitter tonic, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine
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Webb., M. A. & Craze, R. (2000). The Herb & Spice Companion. New York: Metro Books.