Celery seed Apium graveolens
Effective in treating muscle spasms, high blood pressure, arthritis, gout, sleeplessness, depression and anxiety. There are many chemicals in Celery seed that block inflammation and relieve pain, and the calcium in Celery helps relax muscle cramps, calm tense nerves, and lower blood pressure. The compound limonene in the seeds acts as a mild tranquilizer. Additionally, it used for strengthening muscles in the uterus which helps increase menstrual flow. Celery seed is also useful in treating asthma, bronchitis, and rheumatism. The diuretic and mildly antiseptic action of the seeds are useful in treating cystitis. The inner ribs are consumed raw and are good for the heart. In China the juice is taken to reduce hypertension. Research in Germany and China during the 1970s and 1980s has shown that the essential oil - celery seed has a calming effect on the central nervous system.