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A Guide To Celery Seed Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

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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 before going to sleep.

For a peaceful, relaxing diffuser blend, combine celery seed with frankincense or sandalwood essential oil.

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 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, the oil is beneficial when working on a creative project to help you tap into information needed to complete the project—especially useful for writers, musicians, and inventors.

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

Celery Seed Essential Oil Uses

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

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