Wild celery, also called smallage, is original to southern Europe and cultivated elsewhere. As a member of the Umbelliferae family of plants with umbrella-shaped flower heads, celery is akin to parsley, fennel, carrot and chervil. While the stalk is a common vegetable, the plant is also harvested for its flavorful seed, which is one of the smallest seeds among vegetables. As evidence of the old adage, “good things come in small packages,” it should be noted that it takes more than a million celery seeds to equal a pound weight.*
In herbal medicine, celery seed is sometimes used as a diuretic. It also has a long history of use in certain systems of alternative medicine, such as Ayurveda, to treat conditions including cold and flu. However, scientific evidence to support the use of celery seed as a treatment for any health condition is lacking. Celery seed is used by some to treat health conditions including:*
High blood pressure*
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