Seed - a flavouring. An essential oil from the seed is also used as a flavouring.Root - raw or cooked. It can be grated and added to salads, baked or added to soups, stews etc.
Wild celery is an aromatic bitter tonic herb that reduces blood pressure, relieves indigestion, stimulates the uterus and is anti-inflammatory. The ripe seeds, herb and root are aperient, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, nervine, stimulant and tonic. Wild celery is said to be useful in cases of hysteria, promoting restfulness and sleep and diffusing through the system a mild sustaining influence. The herb should not be prescribed for pregnant women. Seeds purchased for cultivation purposes are often dressed with a fungicide, they should not be used for medicinal purposes. The root is harvested in the autumn and can be used fresh or dried. The whole plant is harvested when fruiting and is usually liquidized to extract the juice. The seeds are harvested as they ripen and are dried for later use. An essential oil obtained from the plant has a calming effect on the central nervous system. Some of its constituents have antispasmodic, sedative and anticonvulsant actions. It has been shown to be of value in treating high blood pressure.A homeopathic remedy is made from the herb. It is used in treating rheumatism and kidney complaints.
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The root is hardy to about -12°c and can be left in the ground over winter, to be harvested as required. Roots can also be stored in boxes of sand or other such material in a cool dry shed. Celeriac is a form of A. graveolens that has been selected for its enlarged edible root. It is occasionally cultivated commercially but more often in the garden or allotment, there are some named varieties. Any side-shoots should be removed in order to encourage a larger root.A good companion plant for leeks, tomatoes, French beans and brassicas.
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