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Preparations & Dosage:
Decoction: put a teaspoonful of the cut root in a cup of water, bring it to the boil and simmer for two minutes. Take it off the heat and let it stand for 15 minutes. Take one cup three times a day. Tincture: Take 30-60 drops of the tincture three times a day.
Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica (European angelica; syn. A. officinalis), A. atropurpurea (American Angelica), A. sylvestris) Cut and Sifted Bulk
Apiaceae (Parsley Family)
This herb is believed to have obtained the name angelica, or "angelic herb," because it was thought to help protect people against disease, poisoning, and witches. Legend recounts that the archangel Raphael appeared to a monk in a dream and told him that angelica would cure bubonic plague. European peasants once made garlands of angelica to place around their children's necks to protect them from illness and witches. And if a woman grew angelica in her garden, it was believed to indicate that she was not a witch, because witches were thought to avoid the plant. The plant may also have been given this name because it blooms around May 8th, the feast day of the archangel Saint Michael.
Range of Appearance
Angelica, a biennial, is native to North America and thrives in meadows, swampy areas, and marshy woods from Canada to the Carolinas. It can achieve a height of 5 to just over 8 feet. Its thick, hollow stalk is purplish near its base. The large, pale green leaves are compound and triply divided. The small flowers range in color from white to yellow to green and grow in spherical umbels. When planting angelica, keep in mind that black flies and fruit flies are attracted to it and will congregate around it, so avoid planting it under your window or by the front door. Wild angelica looks similar to water hemlock and poison hemlock, which are toxic. When collecting angelica from the wild, take extra care not to confuse it with these two plants.
Root (dried), leaf, stem, seed
Alterative, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, aromatic, bitter, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, uterine stimulant
As a tea angelica is used in treatments for amenorrhea, anemia, anorexia, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, colds, colic, coughs, depression, dysmenorrhea, dyspepsia, fever, flatulence, flu, gout, irregular menses, migraine, placenta retention, poor appetite, poor circulation, and typhus. Regular use of angelica is said to promote a distaste for alcohol, and it may be beneficial in the treatment of alcoholism. Small amounts stimulate digestive secretions, and it is known to improve digestive metabolism and liver and spleen function. Angelica also strengthens the lungs and heart. It is traditionally used to improve mental harmony and well-being. Used in the bath, angelica can relieve muscle soreness and promote relaxation. An angelica sponge bath, using upward strokes, can aid in the treatment of victims of electric shock. Prepared as a liniment, angelica can be beneficial in cases of arthritis. Angelica is potent even aromatically: the scent of the crushed leaves can prevent motion sickness. It is helpful when one is facing the unknown, such as birth, death, and other passages of life. Angelica is also helpful in treating alcoholism and nervous skin disorders.
In Iceland and Lapland angelica stems are cooked as a vegetable. The stems and roots can be candied and made into syrups and jellies or added to fruitcake. They also can be used to season fish. The fresh leaves can be added to salads and soups. The dried leaves are wonderful in baked goods and fruit desserts; their sweetness makes it possible to decrease the amount of refined sugar in the recipe. The oil from the seeds and roots is used in the manufacture of Benedictine, Chartreuse, vermouth, and gin. The herb's flavor is reminiscent of that of juniper berries, celery, and licorice.
In the language of flowers, angelica denotes inspiration. Angelica is traditionally burned as an incense to attract angelic presence. Its essential oil is sometimes used in perfume, and its leaf in potpourri. Native Americans in the Arkansas region used to combine angelica root with tobacco as a smoking mixture to inspire visions. Some carry angelica as a talisman for luck in gambling. And angelica leaves were once used to wrap and preserve food for traveling.
Flavonoids (archangelone), essential oils (beta-phellandrene, pinene, limonene, caryophyllene, linalool), coumarins, acids (valerianic, angelic), caffeic acid, citric acid, fatty acids, resins, sterols, tannins, vitamin C
Use only the dried root, and not the fresh root. Diabetics should use angelica with caution, as the plant can increase blood sugar levels. Large doses can affect blood pressure and respiration and can stimulate the nervous system. Avoid during pregnancy, in cases of heavy menstrual bleeding, and in conditions of excess heat, such as fever. There is a slight possibility that angelica can increase photo-sensitivity in some people.
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