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Sacred Herb Angelica

Aug 25, 2023

Sacred Herb Angelica

Foliage: Deciduous
Habitat: Bushy
Safety considerations: Considered largely safe, but side effects may be possible.

Angelica has been used as medicine and food since at least the 10th century. The herb Angelica was named such due to its capacity to be in full bloom around the feast of the Archangel Michael, who discovered the ability of the herb to cure the plague in medieval Europe when it appeared in a monk’s dream.

Angelica (Angelica archangelica) - Also known as archangel or angel’s herb, garden angelica, wild celery, and Norwegian angelica is a robust upright perennial, sometimes monocarpic, that has 2 – 3 pinnate leaves that are 60 cm (about 1.97 ft) in length approximately.

This is a fragrant plant, which has been used throughout the centuries for improving digestion, flavoring wines, liqueurs, cooking, and making candy.

Angelica is a biennial plant (short-lived perennial that usually takes two growing seasons to complete its life cycle), from the parsley family, a subspecies which is unique, cultivated for its aromatic odor, edible stems, and roots, making it different from fennel, parsley, caraway, and anise.

During its first year of growth, it will produce only leaves, but during its second year, its fluted stem can reach a height of 2.5 meters just over 8 feet.

With its beautiful, rounded umbels of light-yellow flowers in early summer, and delicate fresh green seedpods, in contrast with pink-flushed stems, Angelica is great for attracting bees, some insects, butterflies, moths and other pollinators. It has nectar pollen rich flowers.

Angelica root typically refers to the species Angelica archangelica, but may also refer to Angelica sinensis, which is the most researched, and is commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat things like hormonal balance and digestive issues, the liver and detoxification.

This magical herb is used for protection and purification and has long been used in traditional medicine to treat many health conditions, particularly in Asian countries. Angelica is said to contain various bioactive ingredients that may have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. In spite of this there is still little scientific evidence to support the herb's use for health purposes.

Purple angelica (Angelica gigas) also known as Korean angelica, is a slightly more ornamental perennial for the garden with deep purple flower umbels and stems.

Chinese angelica (Angelica sinensis) also known as Dong Quai in China, is an important ingredient in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

What can Angelica be used for?

Angelica roots is thought to contain the best healing properties, and is a very prominent herb in magick, and root work, because it is believed to help prevent illnesses, as well as being a cure for poisoning, protection against evil spirits, hex-breaking, and as a shield for women and their children.

It is also believed to be good for attracting abundance in the home. Made into an amulet or talisman it is said to bring about longevity and luck in gambling.

Some people use the herbs leaves to make incense, which is said to increase clairvoyance, it can also be used as a tool in exorcisms and will help remove curses.

Angelica is widely used to help ease digestion, it also helps to stimulate appetite and ease indigestion, bloating, and gas, as well as a boost for a sluggish liver.

Angelica root helps stimulate circulation, which can help alleviate menstrual cramps by warming, relaxing, decongesting, and stimulating blood flow. It can also help bring on delayed periods and is thought to help with the symptoms of PMS, when combines with hibiscus flower and rose petal. It can also be used as a treatment for anemia.

Angelica is great for the circulation, which also means it is a useful tool to help alleviate migraines.
It is a great expectorant and can help soothe the symptoms of asthma, coughs, bronchitis, and cold or flu symptoms, it is also thought to reduce fevers.
Added to a bath it can soothe the nerves, it is also great for treating anxiety.

Research and laboratory studies of Angelica as a complimentary treatment have found that archangelica extract has had the effect of killing off breast cancer cells. And while no supplement or herb can cure cancer, this research is encouraging, concluding that the herb may have antitumor potential.

As with any alternative / complimentary treatment, it is always best to seek medical advice before taking it!

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