Celery grows as wild but also as plant cultivated in gardens. As a wild plant, celery grows in wet areas in almost every part of Europe, and can be also found in other continents.
It is thought that wild celery is poisonous, so it is not used as a medicinal herb. Cultivated celery is very healthy and healing herb. Leaves and root of cultivated celery have beneficial effect on various health conditions.
Today we are all well familiar with the fact that celery stimulates metabolism in the body. It is rich in essential oils, vitamins and minerals. Celery root contains essential oil, sugar, asparagine, tyrosine, Colin, pentosan and fat.
Sweet thick celery root is commonly used for making salads, stews or as a spice for soups and stews. Celery leaves have a strong aromatic smell, and they are also used as a spice. Celery retains its distinctive smell after drying.
Celery leaves and roots have the same nutritional value, so usually both parts of the plant are used.
100 grams of celery (leaves and root) have small energy value — 14 kcal / 59 kJ, including : 0.69 % protein, 2.97 % carbohydrates, and 0.17 % fat. Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K (29.3 μg, which provides 29 % of the recommended daily intake), fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Speaking of vitamins, celery mostly contains vitamin C, then all B vitamins, carotene and vitamins K and E.
Celery has high nutritional value because of the mineral wealth it contains: 100 grams of celery contain sodium (98 milligrams), calcium (55 mg), magnesium (25 mg), potassium (291 milligrams) and phosphorus (40 mg).
Health Benefits of Celery
Celery is considered to be very healthy and healing herb, because of the many nutrients and healthy substances it contains. Celery root and seeds are used to treat mild forms of anxiety and stress, fatigue, cough, loss of appetite. Also celery is a healthy ally in your fight against asthma and rheumatism.
It helps in the improvement of circulation and digestion, and it also increases the appetite. Celery is also beneficial for patients diagnosed with diabetes.
It is recommended to make soup from celery and eat it regularly while you have flu or cold, due to the large amounts of vitamin C it contains, so it can successfully treat these conditions.
Celery is also rich with magnesium, vitamin K, fiber. All parts of the celery are healthy and can be used, from the root to the leaves.
Celery is great for detoxification and it also has remarkable effects in the regulation of high blood pressure. Due to these properties, it is also recommended for people suffering from diabetics. Moreover, it is rich in aerial oil, vitamins and minerals. The root contains pentosan, fat, asparagine, aerial oil, sugar, tyrosine, and so forth.
It’s diuretic properties make it suitable to treat kidney and urinary bladder stone and sand, asthma, lungs irritation, rheumatism, nerve illnesses, gout, joint pain , irritation of the urinary tract, cellulite and overweight.
Since it stimulates kidney function and helps the body flush out excess fluid, celery is good for treating some swellings, caused by cardiovascular diseases.
Celery cleans teeth from bacteria.
Celery is a natural body cleanser and is usually used for body detox.
Improves blood circulationn.
Celery tea for rheumatism
Boil 40 grams of celery leaves in one liter of water for a few minutes. Cover the tea until it cools. Strain celery tea and drink it warm, several times a day, in a period of few weeks.
Celery helps against kidney disease
People suffering from certain kidney disease should drink fresh celery leaves juice, and you can also add some honey to sweeten celery juice.