Celery - A powerful food

posted Sep 17, 2014, 2:53 PM by Ivy Hunter   [ updated Dec 8, 2014, 4:28 PM ]
Celery offers a salty zing to dishes. Try adding it to cheese dishes, with seafood, meat or sliced thin in a salad. The wild celery can be used in soups, or as a garnish and the celery ribs are nice when stuffed with peanut butter or cream cheese.

Celery root is also a tasty addition to soups. The root has a more mild flavor. The celery seeds can also be used to flavor soup, stew, and noodle dishes.

Celery is also known as Apium graveolens, celery fruit, celery herb, celery root, celery seed oil, and garden celery.

Forms: Celery also comes in supplement form as capsules containing 450 mg of seed extract.

Nutrients: Celery is high in minerals including chlorine and salt, but low in vitamins.

Medicinal action:
It is thought to have a cooling effect, reducing arthritic pains and inflammation. It also has a mild diuretic effect, sedative, and fungicidal effect. It is said to also have an anti-hypertensive effect (lowering blood pressure) when taken as a juice and it does not increase the blood sugar levels, even when taken as a juice so far as I know.

You can use celery to reduce gas and bloating, increase the flow and production of urine in healthy kidneys, and bladder training. The oil is used as a sedative to reduce gas - sedating the GI tract and relaxing the smooth muscle around the circulatory system.

The oil is also used to manage hypertension when taken regularly. The oil is made from the seeds, and the typical dose taken has been 6 to 8 drops in water or juice twice daily between meals.

Tea: An infusion or tea is also made from the freshly crushed seeds by placing 2 teaspoons of crushed seed in 1 up of water, covering and allowing to sit and steep (the water must have been boiling hot when added) for 15 minutes. That tea is taken three times daily. Nursing Herbal Medicine Handbook 2006. Encyclopedia of Organic gardening 1941.

Eat celery for the joy of eating a crunchy vegetable. We should be eating 1 cup to 2 cups of crunchy vegetables each day, and celery is a good choice - but remember to practice variety with your food groups. This measurement does not include what you should be eating in leafy and starchy vegetables as well, so get your nutrition consult to find out exactly how many servings you should be eating each day of each type of vegetable group as well as the other groups.

Recipe: Celery salad by Ivy Hunter
Serves 2
4 ribs of celery or 1/4 bunch - thin sliced on the mandolin or food processor.
1 shallot
1 garlic clove - thin sliced
2 Tablespoons of Tofutti cream cheese or 3 tablespoons Mac Nut cheese
1 tablespoon of Vegenaise mayonnaise
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt - or smoked sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh crushed celery seed
*Optional 2 ounces of pitted sliced black olives

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed. Use as a topping to leaf lettuce or as a side salad on it's own. You can also see that it makes a great salad sandwitch on light rye. This is as delicious as tuna fish salad and environmentally friendly as well.

See also: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Scientific_American_-_Series_1_-_Volume_004_-_Issue_19.pdf

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