Apium graveolens

Apium graveolens L.

Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

  • Wild Celery
  • كرفس
  • karafs
  • כַּרְפָּס רֵיחָנִי
  • karpas reikhani

Annual

  • Humid habitats
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Apium graveolens L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Itch /scabies

Anti-pruritic, Scabicide

Mix juice from aerial parts + vinegar + rose oil & apply to affected area x 2/day for 4 days.

Aerial partsB
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal cramps & digestive disturbances

Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive

Decoct fruit. (Admin. not specified.)

FruitZ
Gastrointestinal

Food poisoning

Anti-Infective

Decoct leaves in water, then cook decoction + pomegranate juice + sugar; eat x1/day for 3 days.

LeafB
Gastrointestinal

Gastritis

Anti-Infective, Demulcent

Prepare infusion adding 1 teaspoon of ground seeds to 1 cup of boiled water; drink 1 cup x1/day after meals for 15 days.

SeedB
Gastrointestinal

Haemorrhoids

Anti-hemorrhoidal

Prepare mixture of root or leaves + parsley + radish (Admin. not specified.)

Leaf, RootZ
Gastrointestinal

Laxative

Laxative

Prepare mixture of root or leaves + parsley + radish. (Admin. not specified.)

Leaf, RootZ
General

Ascites

Anti-hydropic

Decoct fruit + caraway (Carum carvi) fruit + parsley. (Admin. not specified.)

FruitZ
General

Bloating

Anti-hydropic

Prepare mixture of root or leaves + parsley + radish. (Admin. not specified.)

Leaf, RootZ
General

Fever

Anti-pyretic

Decoct fruit & root + Eucalyptus bark & drink.

Fruit, RootZ
General

Strengthen body

Tonic

Leaf & root used. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified).

Leaf, RootZ
Haematology

Spleen diseases

Non-specific

Grind root & leaf + fresh onion, mix + honey & eat for 6 days mornings.

Fruit, Leaf, RootZ
Infectious Diseases

Leprosy

Anti-Infective

Grind leaves, mix +1 teaspoon ammonia + honey & apply to affected area x 2/day for 1 week.

LeafB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Increase urine

Diuretic

1. Prepare mixture of root or leaves + parsley + radish. (Admin. not specified.)
2. Decoct fruit + Carum fruit + parsley. (Admin. not specified.)
3. Prepare infusion of root & fresh leaf & drink. Can also rub on abdomen Curcuma sp. in araq.
4. Decoct fruit, leaf & root + parsley & drink. Can also rub on abdomen Curcuma sp. in araq. ( Z notes that in preparations 3 & 4 the plant part is unclear but seems to refer to root and/or leaves)

Leaf, RootZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

(Recipes 1& 2 are "to expel" kidney stones) 1. Prepare mixture of root or leaves + parsley + radish. (Admin. not specified.) (Z)
2. Decoct fruit + Carum fruit + parsley. (Admin. not specified.)(Z)
3. Mix seeds + equal amounts of parsley +mustard + watercress seeds; grind & eat x1 teaspoon x3/day. (B)

Leaf, RootZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary retention

Deobstruent

Prepare infusion by adding 1 teaspoon of ground seeds to 1 cup boiled water; drink 1 cup x2/day after meals for 10 days.

SeedB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract antiseptic

Anti-septic

Prepare infusion of fruit, leaf & root, strain & drink.

Fruit, Leaf, RootZ
Mens Health

Prostate inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Prostate health

Decoct aerial parts + parsley, mix + small amount carrot juice + whale liver oil + pollen & drink 1 cup x3/day.

Aerial partsB
Mens Health/ Sexuality

Impotence

Aphrodisiac

Decoct leaves & drink 1 cup x1/day for 1 mth.

LeafB
Mental Health

Depression

Anti-depressant

Eat fruit, leaf & root for 6 months. (Details of preparation not specified).

Fruit, Leaf, RootZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatism/ rheumatic diseases

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

1. Add fresh aerial parts to salad & eat daily until recovery. (B)
2. Eat fruit, leaf & root for 6 months. (Details of preparation not specified) (Z)

Aerial parts, Fruit, Leaf, RootB, Z
Nervous System

Nerve weakness

Nervine

Eat fruit, leaf & root for 6 months.(Details of preparation not specified).

Fruit, Leaf, RootZ
Oral Health

Gingivitis

Anti-gum disease

Use fruit. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified).

FruitZ
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

Use fruit. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

FruitZ
Poisoning

Antidote to poisons

Antidote

Decoct fruit. (Admin.not specified).

FruitZ
Sexuality

Sexual weakness

Aphrodisiac

Eat fruit, leaf & root for 6 mths. (Preparation details not specified).

Fruit, Leaf, RootZ

Other Uses

Apium graveolens L.

System/StateComplaint / Use Activity / Interpretation Preparation and Administration
Parts Used

Source
Culinary

Vegetable & soup seasoning

Seasoning

Eat leaf & root

Leaf, RootZ

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

The word "fruit" in some preparations for this species refers to very small seeds..

Apium graveolens may cause allergies, bleeding, low BP & kidney problems. In pregnancy large amounts of celery oil & celery seeds may cause uterine contractions & miscarriage.