It is a biennial herb, meaning that the stem starts to grow the second year of its development can reach fifty feet high. The roots are very light, narrow, fleshy. The stem is hollow inside, appearing in its outer part a series of grooves that run through it lengthwise. The blade is divided into broad segments.
The development of celery is more common in areas with high humidity, near salt water, but can also be found near fresh water, in which case the development is larger but their flavor is less noticeable.
Flowers in summer, when it provides some flowers small and white, arranged in an umbel presented from six to a dozen stations mixed.
The fruit is small, hairless, rounded.
The parts that are collected are the aerial roots and fruits.
After carefully cleaning the roots drying proceeds to the shade.
In essence is roots containing limonene and fatty sedanólico and sedanónico. They also have mannitol, mineral salts and sugars.
The aerial part is rich in calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B, C and K, iron, carotene, protein and carbohydrates. The fruits contain dyes and oleoresins. All these compounds will provide an action eupeptic, carminative, remineralizing and vitamin used primarily as a diuretic and scar-the latter only if used by external means. Its use is indicated in cases of poor appetite, bloating, slow digestion, oliguria, urinary stones, obesity, rheumatism and gout.
Decoction. Prepared by selecting a pound celery root, washed well in advance-that is introduced into a liter of water and let them boil for twelve minutes. The liquid thus obtained can be drunk throughout the day before the main meals to alleviate loss of appetite, or the end of those heavy for easy digestion.
Infusion. Prepare taking five grams of the fruits of celery, which are added to 300 milliliters of boiled water, leaving it in contact for ten minutes and from the fire. After filtration, the resulting liquid can be taken before meals to get a diuretic effect.
Juice plant. Adults can take one tablespoon, diluted to two hundred milliliters of water or milk, you can repeat this process three times daily before meals, to act as a remineralizing and diuretic.
HABITAT: Wetlands and saline
PART USED: Roots, shoot and fruit
CASTILIAN: Apio silvestre
CATALAN: Api de riu
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