Photography by Tracey Creed
Recipe by Amandine Paniagua and Tracey Creed
Words by Tracey Creed
Published March 2 2021
Updated March 29 2021
Wash your produce in clean water to remove any dirt. Remove the base from the celery and separate the stalks. Cut your fennel and ginger into pieces as recommended by your juicer brand.
Juice your celery, fennel and ginger. Taste and adjust using more ginger if required.
Store in glass bottles in the fridge and where possible, prepare no more than two days in advance. Ideally drink your first 500ml at the time of juicing.
Drink your celery juice first thing — 500ml daily in the morning on an empty stomach for optimal results. Wait at least half an hour before consuming anything else. For me that reads coffee.
For even greater benefits or if you suffer from a chronic illness or symptom, consider drinking up to 750ml of straight celery juice daily. Either all in the AM on an empty stomach or split it, reserving half for the afternoon.
Blender method. After washing your produce, just your celery stalks, fennel bulb into 2-inch pieces. Add the ginger whole. Blend. If required, add filtered water.
Place a nut mesh straining bag over a bowl and pour the blended juice through the bag. Use your hands to squeeze the celery juice through the bag.
Store and take as recommended above.
Celery juice is a medicinal drink, not a caloric one, and perhaps one of the most powerful healing juices available to us. Hydration is vital to our wellbeing and should be considered as much as a thoughtful meal. In traditional healing circles, the digestive system has long been lauded as the control tower of health — even mainstream circles now connect gut health to immune and skin systems. And whether or not you consider optimal digestion an area of focus, most will agree that nothing kills the spirit like a sluggish digestive system, not pooping regularly and the bloating and discomfort that follows. So whether you're looking to look and feel your most vibrant self — always, and to stave off colds, we’re turning to celery, fennel and ginger — an elixir to keep your digestive tract humming.
Juicing is a laborious effort — a practice I had not committed to in any meaningful way since purchasing my Horum five or so years back. I believe that true healing power comes from slowing down, preparing your meals, connecting with and appreciating your food. There are few times in a full week that I’ll take time just to prepare a batch of hummus, pre-cook some lentils, brown rice — and juice. Create a ritual. I find it helps us fall back in love with the act of making food. Now, Amandine and I are creating that ritual. Perhaps mostly Amandine who prepares this juice more than I do now.
We make fresh juice. It’s natural, It tastes great. And there’s no bottle to recycle. That makes me feel really good. That and the Horum Elite Slow Juicer which I purchased several years back is used more frequently now. I think at one point I considered selling it but every so often I’ll want to buy a couple of kilos of carrots and juice them for a heavy dose of vitamin A. So I kept it. If you do not own a juicer, consider borrowing one from a friend and if that is not an option, you can make celery juice using a blender. You blend all the ingredients above on high and strain through a super-fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag.
By now, almost everyone is aware of the research around the skin gut axis and we strive to keep things in balance through alkalinity promoting celery juice. Drinking four times weekly, celery juice detoxifies the body and aids digestion — two key components of glowing skin. It improves digestion by increasing circulation in the intestines, supporting regularity, reduces bloating and water retention. It’s Mother Earth's laxative and diuretic. For those looking to detox, juicy and bitter — celery juice is a great place to start. And ginger juice makes it all the more potent.
Initially juicing celery was to keep our digestion ticking, though most mornings we wake up and drink celery juice to tune our body’s metabolism. Drinking it strengthens your bile and restores hydrochloric acid in the gut — both is vital for breaking down fats, that and also reducing fat build-up in the liver. It’s also needed to clear the body of toxins. You’ll digest your food faster and banish 3 pm lethargy.
Antioxidant high, fennel juice contains quercetin and rutin — antioxidants that also encourage digestive juices in the stomach. Volatile oils contained within the fennel bulb such as anethole, fenchone, and estragole offer potent anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. And in traditional healing circles, fennel has long been lauded as a digestive aid and the digestive system — key to a balanced, vibrant and ageless body. It’s said that drinking fennel juice encourages healing and hydration from within for those with a sluggish system and the bloating and discomfort that follows.
And in part, this celery juice was medicinal, supplemental to a 100% plant-based diet that leans heavily on greens, eliminates alcohol, fast and hyper-processed foods. There are days where I won’t feel as vibrant, and Amandine had a disquiet stomach and this was in part why we began juicing. If you are struggling with achieving your inner and outer glow, acquire some celery, fennel and ginger and create your own digestive tonic. And if juicing cannot suffice, I would recommend reaching out to a qualified holistic nutritionist that can help you achieve your vibrancy.
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