The chemicals in different parts of the celery plant might have many effects on the body, including lowering blood sugar and blood pressure, and causing sleepiness.
People use celery to repel mosquitos, for prediabetes, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Mosquito repellent. Some research shows that applying a gel containing 5% to 25% celery extract to the skin can repel mosquitos for up to 4.5 hours. Other research shows that applying a specific product containing celery extract 5%, vanillin, eucalyptus oil, orange oil, and citronella oil, repels mosquitoes similarly to other commercial products, such as DEET 25% and Insect Block 28.
When applied to the skin: Celery is possibly safe for most people when used short-term. Some people are allergic to celery. Allergic reactions can range from skin rashes to anaphylaxis. Celery can also cause sensitivity to the sun.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Celery is possibly safe for most people when used short-term. Some people are allergic to celery. Allergic reactions can range from skin rashes to anaphylaxis. Celery can also cause sensitivity to the sun. Pregnancy: Celery oil and celery seeds are likely unsafe when taken by mouth during pregnancy in the amounts found in medicine. Large amounts of celery might make the uterus contract and cause a miscarriage. Stick to food amounts.
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use celery when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Allergies: Celery can cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to some other plants and spices, including wild carrot, mugwort, birch, caraway, fennel or coriander seeds, parsley, anise, plantain, and dandelion. This has been called the "celery-carrot-mugwort-spice syndrome," or the "celery-mugwort-birch-spice" syndrome.
Bleeding disorders: Celery root might increase the risk of bleeding when used in medicinal amounts. Don't use celery root if you have a bleeding disorder.
Thyroid conditions: Celery might interfere with thyroid function. Don't use celery if you have high or low thyroid levels or are taking medication for a thyroid disorder.
Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levothroid, Levoxyl, and others) interacts with CELERY
Levothyroxine is used for low thyroid function. Taking celery seed along with levothyroxine might reduce the effects of levothyroxine.
Lithium interacts with CELERY
Taking celery might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using celery if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with CELERY
Celery root might slow blood clotting. Taking celery root along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates) interacts with CELERY
Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Celery might change how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. This could change the effects and side effects of these medications.
Venlafaxine (Effexor) interacts with CELERY
Celery root extract might decrease how quickly the body breaks down venlafaxine. Taking celery root extract with venlafaxine might increase the effects and side effects of venlafaxine.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with CELERY
Celery seed extract might lower blood pressure. Taking celery seed extract along with medications that lower blood pressure might cause blood pressure to go too low. Monitor your blood pressure closely.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs) interacts with CELERY
Some medications might make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Celery might also make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Using these products together might increase the risk of sunburn, blistering, or rashes when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) interacts with CELERY
Taking celery juice with acetaminophen prolongs the effects of acetaminophen. Taking celery juice with acetaminophen might increase the effects and side effects of acetaminophen.
Aminopyrine interacts with CELERY
Celery juice might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down and removes aminopyrine. Taking celery juice with aminopyrine might increase the effects and side effects of aminopyrine.
Be watchful with this combination
As medicine, celery seed powder or extract have most often been used by adults in doses of 1000-1500 mg by mouth daily. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.
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