Essential Oil Celery Seed (15 mL)
Essential Oil Celery Seed
Produced from the steam distillation of dried seeds, Celery Seed was used historically for its calming, relaxing, and uplifting aroma.
AROMA: Sweet, warm, earthy spice
HISTORY OF USE
Celery originated as a wild plant growing in salt marshes around the Mediterranean Sea. About 450 B.C., the Greeks used it to make a type of wine called selinites. It served as an award at early athletic games, much as laurel leaves or olive branches. By the Middle Ages, Europeans were cultivating celery. Since that time, the plant has been used widely both as a food and as a medicine.
Late in the 19th century, various celery tonics and elixirs appeared commercially. These generally contained the juice of crushed celery seeds, often with a significant amount of alcohol.
Even though the leaves and ribs of the celery plant contain essential oils and important minerals, it is the seeds that are the primary repository for essential oils. The celery plant takes two years to fully mature and produce its small fruit, which are tan to brown in colour.
The aroma of organic celery seed oil is very surprising for the first time. It is much stronger than one would expect if they are accustomed to the mass produced celery at the supermarket which has been stripped of most of its nutrients and organic like oil.
This is why it is included in many perfume formulas. It has a very complex aroma that changes over time once it has been applied to the skin. It is sweet and spicy, earthy and flowery, warm and fresh. It is an essential oil that clings quietly to the skin and is enjoyable to smell. It blends easily with other essential oils to create exciting natural fragrances. However, its health benefits are even greater than its pleasant aroma.
Celery contains compounds called coumarins that help prevent free radicals from damaging cells. This decreases the mutations that cause cells to become cancerous. Coumarins also enhance the activity of certain white blood cells (immune defenders) that target and eliminate potentially harmful cells, which include cancer cells. Coumarin compounds also lower blood pressure, tone the vascular system, and can treat migraine headaches.
Studies have also shown that celery may help prevent cancer by improving detoxification. In addition, compounds in celery called acetylenics have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.
Celery essential oil has been shown to have antifungal activity. It is also active against many bacteria including: Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus albus, Shigella dysenteriae, Salmonella typhi, Streptococcus faecalis, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Pseudomonas solanacearum.
Phthalides and other compounds of celery seed oil have potential value for the treatment of hypertension and heart ailments. 3-n-butyl phthalide is also reported to be a muscle relaxant.
Phthalides have been reported to have sedative and anticonvulsant activity in mice. The oil has hypoglycemic activity.
Caution: NEVER USE INTERNALLY without consulting professional medical help
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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