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Guide To Celery Seed Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

Celery seed essential oil (Apium graveolens) may help relieve insomnia. Put a couple of drops of the oil onto a tissue and place it near your pillow or inside the pillow case. For a peaceful, relaxing diffuser blend, combine celery seed with frankincense or sandalwood essential oil.

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Basic Celery Seed Facts

Plant family: Apiaceae/Umbelliferae

Production: Steam distilled from the seeds of the plant.

Aroma: Spicy, warm.

Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle

Is celery seed safe to use during pregnancy? No, according to The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils.

Is celery seed essential oil safe for children? Probably. Consult a professional.

Cautions: If the oil becomes oxidized, it can cause skin sensitization.

Main components:

  • (+)-limonene  68.0–75.0%
  • beta-selinene  2.0–12.5%
  • alpha-selinene 2.0–12.1%

Note: Celery leaf essential oil is also available and has a different composition. The leaf oil may be used to adulterate celery seed essential oil.

Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Celery Seed Aromatherapy Benefits

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: The scent may relieve chronic sinus congestion. The ayurvedic benefits include simulating appetite and digestion and relieving pain from arthritis, rheumatism, gout, and sciatica.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Celery seed may help relieve varicose veins, heavy legs, congestion, constipation, hemorrhoids, stress-related digestive conditions, nervousness, and depression.

375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols: Use celery seed to help relieve anxiety, hemorrhoids, or congestion. The oil is a tonic and may promote lymphatic drainage.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
(updated edition): Use celery seed oil to help relieve arthritis, gout, rheumatism, indigestion, flatulence, neuralgia, or sciatica.

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Third Edition) suggests blending  celery seed with these essential oils:

  • To help relieve arthritis and rheumatism pain: ginger, kunzea, pine, or rosemary.
  • To help relieve indigestion: coriander seed, ginger, sweet orange, or rosemary.
  • To help relieve congestive conditions: grapefruit, juniper, lemon, or rosemary

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, use celery seed oil with the intention to increase your ability to tap into the universe to gain wisdom, knowledge, and surprising information you can use in your spiritual practices. Mentally, using the oil when working on a creative project may help you tap into information needed to complete the project—especially useful for writers, musicians, and inventors.

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: The grounding properties of celery seed makes it useful for bringing mental clarity for psychic work, astral travel, and prophetic dreaming. The oil also increases divination skills and stimulates creativity.

Celery Seed Essential Oil Uses and Blends

Muscle and Joint Rub

  • 4 drops celery seed essential oil
  • 6 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 8 drops copaiba essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil

Combine oils. Massage a little of the blend over affected muscles and joints twice a day. Source: 150 Ways to Use Essential Oils

Upset Tummy Relief

  • 4 drops celery seed
  • 3 drops ginger essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 9 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • Sweet almond oil

Drop essential oils into a two-ounce squeeze bottle. Fill the bottle with sweet almond oil. Shake to mix well. Massage a teaspoon onto the abdomen. (1.7% dilution)

Source: Eden's Garden

Menstrual Pain-Relief Compress

In a small bowl combine:

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 10 drops celery seed essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops roman chamomile essential oil
  1. Put a small towel in the water and let it absorb all the liquid.
  2. Place the towel over your lower abdomen.
  3. Cover the towel with a plastic bag or plastic wrap.
  4. Leave the compress on for at least 30 minutes while you relax.

Adapted from Penny Price

Use suggestions from Rocky Mountain Oils:

  • In homemade skin care products, the essential oil may help reduce puffiness, prevent breakouts, exfoliate dry, dull skin, and reduce the appearance of red spots and scars.
  • In first aid balms, the oil may help prevent infection and heal skin irritations and bug bites.
  • To support relaxation and better breathing, add the essential oil to a DIY room spray or diffuser.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops to shampoo or conditioner to support new hair growth.
  • For a post-workout massage oil, blend 5 drops celery seed essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil. You can also use the blend on stiff joints or on your abdomen to help relieve menstrual cramps or digestive issues such as stomach aches, gas, or bloating.

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