The common celery
plant is a very underrated
Usually relegated to a
supporting role in salads
or as a snack food
for overweight dieters, celery
has much more to offer for anyone
who wants a healthy nervous system.
For those unfamiliar with Edgar Cayce’s
nerve-regeneration regimen, celery’s nervebuilding
qualities may come as a surprise. Many readings for
individuals with neurological problems were told to eat a nervebuilding
diet in which celery was a primary component. Some
individuals were told to eat some celery every day. The readings
also encouraged drinking celery juice in combination with
carrots and lettuce to strengthen the nervous system.
For example, in the reading (2-14), Cayce specifies celery as part of one recommended diet: “In the noon (meal), there may be those of the vegetables that are fresh, and as are ESPECIALLY grown in the vicinity where the body resides. Shipped vegetables are never very good. In these characters should be those of celery, lettuce, asparagus, beets, beans, lentils – provided they are not prepared with too much of hog meats.”
Celery was regarded as a medicinal herb during Cayce’s
era. It was the main ingredient in a nerve tonic called Celerina
(no longer available commercially), prescribed in twenty-two
Cayce readings. Modern use of celery by herbalists focuses
primarily on celery seeds that can be made into a tea used to
prevent cancer, lower blood pressure, and decrease cholesterol.
Although celery is rich in nutrients, including phosphorus,
silicon, iron, and calcium, the readings don’t explain why celery
is so helpful for the nervous system. When making a
salad or choosing a healthy snack, be sure to keep some crisp
celery in mind and it will help keep your mind strong.