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Angelica - Uses and Benefits

Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica

Common Name: Angelica

System Effected: Lungs, stomach, intestines, blood.

Angelica is a perennial herb sometimes called archangel, masterwort and ground ash. It is a member of the parsley family and grows in fields and damp locations. Angelica is a bittersweet, aromatic, and anti-inflammatory herb that increases perspiration, lowers fever, and has anti spasmodic and  expectorant properties. The plant is rich in furano-coumarins, including xanthotoxin, imperatorin, angelicin, archangelin as well as coumarins such as umbelliferone, osthol, osthenol.

Plant Description:

Angelica makes an attractive backdrop for other herbs, not only because of its height. Angelica's bright green leaves, made up of three finely toothed leaflets, and its stems also are a pleasing contrast in the garden. Angelica's long sturdy hollow stems are ribbed. Delicately colored, they start out purple at the base and lighten to a pale yellow green. Angelica is a biennial, and usually only blooms every two or three years.

Use of angelica:-

The use of Angelica in preventing or curing alzheimer's, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, Schizophrenia, loss of intimate desire, especially in women, depression, anorexia, leukemia, PMS, kidney disease, migraine headache etc. The root of Angelica can be used for making tea and the stems are the parts which are candied for cake decoration. The leaves can be added to cooking rhubarb, gooseberries, redcurrants and plums to help sweeten these often sour fruits.

Angelica is used to fight off all kinds of infections and is used to help with digestion. You can also chew slowly on the stalk to relieve flatulence. During the cold winter months, Angelica has been known to warm a person's body when eaten or used in a herbal tea.

The external uses of the angelica:-

    • It helps to prevent rheumatic pain.
    • Pleurisy
    • The essential oil made from angelica root is used as an all-over tonic, purifying the blood, "grounding" the person and for digestive problems. 

Side effect:-

Angelica is generally considered to be of extremely low toxicity; It may cause some fair-skinned persons to become more sensitive to sunlight. Persons using it on a regular basis should limit prolonged exposure to the sun or other sources of ultraviolet radiation.

The most serious side effects seem to occur when women use herbal abortives, remain pregnant and attempt to carry to term. There is a high enough rate of reported instances to call for extreme caution.

  • Incomplete or low implantation of the placenta.
  • Premature detachment of the placenta before or during birth.

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