Celery seed (Apium graveolens) benefits for your skin and health are amazing. There are a number of benefits for your health that can be derived from the essential oil extracted from celery seeds.
Celery seed essential oil is extracted from the seeds by steam distillation. The oil has a strong odor of celery and can overpower other scents when blended. This is definitely one oil that should be used sparingly because of its tendency to linger and overpower other scents.
One of the most important celery seed benefits is that it contains strong anti-inflammatory effects. These can be put to use by adding a few drops of celery seed essential oil to a carrier oil such as coconut or sweet almond oil. You can rub this into sore aching muscles and joins to gain relief from pain. It can be used as a home remedy for aching muscles after a hard workout, arthritis pain, and even gout pain.
The anti-inflammatory properties also help to decrease inflammation throughout the body. A 2007 study found that celery seed extract was able to inhibit the production of nitric oxide, a strong inflammatory mediator.
May Help Lower Blood Pressure
A study in 2013 showed that chemical constituents present in celery seed essential oil may be of benefit to help lower high blood pressure. It does this by exerting a vasodilator effect and also a calming effect on the central nervous system. Since high blood pressure, or hypertension, is implicated in heart attack and stroke, these constituents may help to lower the risk of these cardiovascular diseases.
May Help You Get Better Sleep
One of the constituents present in celery seed essential oil is limonene. This natural chemical is also present in many of the citrus oils. It can have a calming and uplifting effect on the body. This may allow you to get to sleep when you are suffering from stress or anxiety. Just be aware that it may have the opposite effect in some people, so it may produce a mild stimulant effect. If this happens for you then you should try one of the other calming oils, such as our lavender oil.
Helps Improve Digestive Health
Another of these celery seed benefits is that it is helpful for your digestive system. It can help your digestive system with the production of digestive juices which are vital to extracting all the beneficial nutrients from the foods you eat.
A 2010 study found that celery seed extract was gastroprotective and may help prevent and heal ulcers in the stomach. This may be due to a host of factors, including the antimicrobial activity of the oil. Since it was shown in a 2013 lab study to inhibit the growth of E. coli it may also have an effect on H. pylori bacteria that causes many ulcers. More studies are needed to determine if this is true.
Helps With Menstrual Issues
Women who suffer from menstrual cramping and pain may get relief from adding a few drops of celery seed essential oil to a carrier oil and massaging over the lower abdomen. It can help to relieve the pain associated with premenstrual cramping and may also help to stimulate menstruation. This effect means that pregnant women should avoid this oil, especially during the first trimester due to the danger it could trigger menstruation. It is suggested not to use it during pregnancy due to this.
A research study conducted in 2004 found that celery seed benefits include its ability to repel the mosquitos which can cause Dengue fever. It was also found to repel many other species of mosquitos as well. Use a diffuser to diffuse into the area you want to rid of mosquitos. You can also place a few drops in a spray bottle with water and a little witch hazel and spray on your skin to create a natural mosquito repellent. Since essential oils do not mix well with water adding a small amount of witch hazel as an emulsifier will help to disperse the essential oils.
There you have six celery seed benefits for this essential oil. Try them out and see how celery seed essential oil can help you.