|Latin name||Apium graveolens|
|Extraction||Distillation of the whole, or crushed seeds|
|Origin||Native to Southern Europe (France)|
|Plant characteristics||30-60cm high, with grooved fleshy, erect stalks, shiny pinnate leaves and umbels of white flowers.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow to orange liquid with a spicy-sweet, warm, long-lasting odour.|
|Traditional use||Used widely as a domestic spice, the seed is used for bladder and kidney complaints, digestive upsets and menstrual problems and the leaves are used in skin ailments.|
|Blends well with||Lavender, pine, tea tree, coriander and other spice essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization. Avoid during pregnancy.|
|Main chemical constituents||Limonene 60%, apiol, seline, santolol, sedanolide and sedanolic acid anhydride, among others.|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.