Wild Cherry Scientific Facts
- Other names: Garden celery, celery.
- French: Celery.
- Spanish: Apio.
- Environment: Wild celery grows in salty soils along the European coastline. The plant is cultivated worldwide.
- Description: Biennial plant of the Umbelliferae family, growing from 30 to 90 cm high, with an upright, channeled stem, dark green leaves, and peculiar aroma.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: The leaves, roots, and fruits.
Healing Properties and Uses
The entire plant contains essential oil, which acts on the kidneys, glycoquinines, a glycoside (apiin), coumarin, and oleoresin, and nitrogenous substances and vitamins B and C. These are its properties:
- Diuretic and depurative. It promotes the elimination of urine, and with it, that of toxic metabolic waste, such as urea and uric acid. Font Quer said that celery “makes anybody urinate.” It is recommended for those people suffering from any degree of renal insufficiency, gout, or arthritis, and urinary lithiasis (kidney stones). It is also a mild febrifuge.
- Appetizer and invigorating. It gives a sensation of vitality and well-being. Wild celery juice is beneficial when used as a general invigorating and remineralizer mixed lemon juice, tomato and carrots. It is recommended for people experiencing exhaustion or nervous depression.
How to use Wild Celery
- Salads. Leaves and stems are eaten raw together with other vegetables.
- Broth. Celery, and onion, are essential ingredients in any depurative broth, which is prepared by boiling both vegetables and other ones.
- Infusion with 5-10 grams of fruit per cup of water. Drink one cup after every meal.
- Decoction with 40 grams of root per liter of water. Drink two or three cups daily.
- Fresh juice from leaves and stems, obtained with the electric blender. Its diuretic and depurative effects are enhanced when mixed with lemon juice.
WARNING! Pregnant women must abstain from celery since it can lead to uterine contractions.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 562. Print.