Apium graveolens. N.O. Umbelliferae.
Synonym ► Smallage.
Habitat ► Moist ground near the sea.
Features ► Stem smooth, one to two feet high. Main flower stalk very short, smaller flower stalks springing therefrom, whitish flowers. Seeds tiny, ovate, brown, with five paler ribs. Flavour and smell like garden celery.
Part used ► Seeds.
Action ► Diuretic, carminative, tonic.
Widely used as a uric acid solvent and in many forms of rheumatism in combination with suitable alteratives— see formula in this volume. Also as a tonic with Damiana. The dose is 5-30 drops of the fluid extract.