Herb of the Day: Celery Leaf


Celery Leaf

( Aplum graveolens )

Also known as Wild celery, Smallage, Ajmud.

Wild celery has been used in both medicine and food for thousands of years. Seeds from this herb were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun ( 1327 BC ). Today it can be found growing wild in marshy ground, by rivers in Europe and Northern Africa. The whole plant strongly smells of celery. When harvesting, pick from young shoots throughout the growing season. In the late summer harvest once they are fully ripe, if you are saving the seeds for the following year, be aware that celery is prone to disease and can thus be harboured in the seed. So for propagation, collect from healthy plants only. Dig up the roots of the 2nd year growth for use medicinally.

Medicinal use, the whole plant is used, roots, stems, leaf and seeds. It used treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout… Externally it is used to treat fungal infections. In the East it is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat asthma, bronchitis and hiccups.

Warning if the plant is infected with the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in sensitive skin. Never take medicinally when pregnant.

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