The medicinal power of celery, celery or marsh fennel

Sellerie or celery used to be a well-known medicinal plant, but has hardly been cultivated for its medicinal properties for some time now. Yet there are still natural therapists who use the medicinal power of celery to treat diseases. Sellerie is a member of the Apiaceae family, which includes watercress. Celeriac and celeriac are also related to celery; in fact, these plants are variants of the original celery plant. Celery, celery and celeriac all bear the Latin name Apium Graveolens. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Botanical drawing celery / Source: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons (PD)


  • Naming celery
  • Sellerie, celery and celeriac
  • Sellerie in antiquity
  • Sellerie as an insect repellent
  • What is celery good for?
  • Sellerie protects the liver
  • Celery essential oil is good against stomach ulcers and bacteria
  • Be careful with commercial celery seed


Naming celery

The Latin name for celery is Apium Graveolens . Graveolens means ‘smelling’. Apium is the name of celery in general. So celery literally means ‘smelling celery’. In ancient Greece, celery was called sélinom; This is where the Dutch name celerie or celery comes from. Sellerie was a plant used by the Greeks to weave wreaths. People who won the Nemean Games were awarded with it. Celery was first described as a medicinal plant in ancient Egypt 1200 years before Christ. Unlike many other medicinal plants of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, celery is no longer widely used for its beneficial effects.

Sellerie, celery and celeriac

The celery plant was cultivated in Italy in the 17th century to produce celery and celeriac. The celeriac is in fact the underground part of celery. You could grow celery yourself relatively easily. You can cut off everything above the ground, which will create new celery. The leaves of celery are in fact also celery. Try them! So you never have to throw away these leaves. You can simply use them as a herb in soups and sauces.

Sellerie in antiquity

Sellerie was used in ancient times as an appetite stimulant. In addition, it is a diuretic plant; it helps to remove fluid from the body

Sellerie / Source: Mrmatiko, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

float and therefore works well against all kinds of moisture accumulation. This also makes it a plant that combats arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout. It has also long been used as a cough suppressant. Furthermore, celery is a general tonic, a strengthening agent. The latter is due to its high nutritional value. You could eat Sellerie to strengthen yourself after a long illness or operation.

Sellerie as an insect repellent

Scientific research shows that rubbing celery leaves on your skin works well to keep insects at bay. The advantage is that celery does not smell very bad; it is even a pleasant smell. It works about as well as DEET products and better than any other commercial product. Research also shows that the seeds can form a potential basis for the development of new insect repellent ointments.

What is celery good for?

Sellerie is good against many diseases. First of all, it is good for the body in general. In addition, celery has a number of specific characteristics. Celery contains a substance that has been proven to help lower blood pressure levels in rats. The ancient Romans used celery seed as an analgesic. In naturopathy, celery is mainly used for angina or sore throat, appetite, asthenia, bronchitis, chest pain, obesity, frostbite, rheumatic diseases and wounds.

Sellerie protects the liver

Indian scientific research from 2013 shows that celery is good for the liver; it has a hepatoprotective effect, which means liver-protective. This is mainly due to the phytonutrients rutein, quercetin and luteolin contained in celery. The liver protective effect was already established in 1995. A poorly functioning liver often results in other diseases such as eczema, digestive disorders and arthritis.

Celery essential oil is good against stomach ulcers and bacteria

Celery-based essential oil appears to have very strong antibacterial and anti-ulcer properties, according to a Tunisian scientific study published in August 2012. The essential oil contains many phytonutrients: betapinene, camphene, cumene, limonene, alfathuyene, alphapinene, betafellendrene , p-cymene, γ-terpinene, sabinene and terpinolene.

Be careful with commercial celery seed

If you want to eat celery seed, remember the following: you can in principle eat celery seed, but it must be of organic origin or you must have harvested it yourself. Regular celery seed is treated with fungi. You can’t eat it, but you can plant and harvest it.

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