Celery, from its scientific name Apium graveolens, is a herbaceous plant mainly cultivated for its fleshy and tender petioles. In addition to its demonstrated benefits in herbal medicine, it is also used in aromatherapy. Indeed, from its seeds, an essential oil containing many virtues is extracted.
I’celery essential oil has several active substances which are at the origin of its therapeutic qualities. However, the chemical composition may vary depending on the production methods. The main components are limonene and selinene. They represent respectively up to 70% and up to 15% of the components. The presence of phthalides and coumarins can also be detected there.
Indications in natural medicine
Celery essential oil improves digestive and hepatic functions. First, it helps to stimulate the appetite. It is also involved in the treatment of various digestive disorders. Thus, it helps to fight bloating, aerophagia, flatulence and cases of difficult digestion.
At the level of the hepatic sphere, it promotes the purification of the body improving elimination functions. It is particularly effective in congestion of the kidneys and liver. It is also useful in case of jaundice as well as in case of drug and/or food poisoning.
Still in the context of purification, this oil makes it possible to treat certain skin conditions. Indeed, it contributes to the elimination of marks on the skin. It eliminates, among other things, age spots and brown spots. It also tends to lighten the skin. In addition, by stimulating the general circulation, it intervenes in the treatment of venous disorders such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Finally, its other therapeutic indications are:
- Nervous disorders: nervous asthenia, anxiety, stress, difficulty concentrating and insomnia
- General lack of tone and physical fatigue
- bad breath
- Inflammatory diseases: rheumatism, gout and arthritis
- Muscle pain and twitching
Recommendations for use
For dermal administration, always dilute celery essential oil in vegetable oil or cosmetic preparations.
To make a massage oil, for example, add 10 drops of essential oil in 10 ml of vegetable oil. Then, gently massage the areas to be targeted:
- The abdomen to treat digestive disorders
- The spine, wrists and arches to combat physical and nervous fatigue
- The legs to lighten them
For skin care, add 1 drop of essential oil in cosmetic preparations (day cream, lotion, gel and body milk)
In atmospheric diffusion and inhalation
In inhalation, pour 1 drop into the inner face of the wrists. In diffusion, pour 1 or 2 drops into the diffuser.
Under the recommendation of a therapist only.
Precautions for use
Unless prescribed by a doctor, theuse of celery essential oil not suitable for pregnant, lactating women and children under 8 years old. Before each skin application, please do a test in the bend of the elbow to check the risk of allergy. Also, avoid sun exposure for at least 8 hours after application.