As an excellent source of beneficial antioxidants and enzymes, celery seed essential oil has plenty of health benefits to offer, as well as a relaxing fresh, slightly spicy aroma. Deltalimonene and 3-nbutylphthalide, or 3nB, are two of its main ingredients that have been studied extensively. Here’s a short overview of the top health and beauty benefits these two constituents offer users.
In addition to deltalimonene, celery seed oil contains 24 more anti-inflammatory compounds, making it an excellent option for anyone suffering from arthritis and gout. By increasing blood flow to the muscles and bones and lowering uric acid levels in the kidneys, deltalimonene can reduce the pain and swelling associated with these painful conditions.
Celery seed oil’s ability to eliminate uric acid and other unwanted waste products from the kidneys give it a mildly diuretic effect and substantial antiseptic properties that make it an effective treatment against cystitis. It does this by helping disinfect the bladder and urinary tubules.
3-nbutylphthalide or 3nB
Researchers believe that 3nB gives celery seed oil several of its most powerful benefits. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that 3nB is responsible for the oil’s blood pressure –lowering effect. This is related to its ability to work as both a diuretic and vasodilator, which allows blood to flow more freely through the body. In other studies, 3nB has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the formation of plaque in the arteries.
Additionally, 3nB exerts a profound effect on the body’s prostaglandin system. Prostaglandins are chemicals that control numerous body function, including digestive, heart, and kidney function. Researchers are still working to determine how the 3nB in celery seed essential oil restores balance in the prostaglandin system.