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Angelica

Angelica, Seacoast Angelica, Bai Zhi, Angelica Archangelica, Garden Angelica, Great Angelica, Wild Parsnip, Alexanders, American Dong Qui, Dang Gui, Archangel, Purple-Stem Angelica, American Angelica, High Angelica, Wild Archangel, Wild Angelica, Masterwort, Choraka, Dong Quai, Angel Root, Engelwurzel (German), Holy Ghost Plant, Holy Plant, Root Of The Holy Ghost, Wild Celery

Angelica archangelica, Angelica sylvestris, Angelica atropurpurea, Seacoast angelica (A. lucida)

Angelica Archangelica

Garden Angelica. Archangelica officinalis

The European cousin to the Asian Angelica - Angelica Sinensis (Dong Quai)

Angelica has long been coveted for medicinal and therapeutic use by cultures around the world, in Europe, Asia and North America. It is native to temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, reaching as far North as Iceland and Lapland. Some varieties have limited culinary value but, is more significant for its numerous healing properties.

Angelica is favored for aroma therapy. Angelica oil is herbaceous, sweet, earthy, and long-lasting, so it is often used as a fixative. Commercially, Angelica oil is often used in potpourri and to produce pleasant smelling bath oil. In past times the seeds and roots of Angelica used to be burned as a sort of incense to perfume the house. A muslin bag filled with Angelica leaves and placed in your bath is most relaxing and stress-relieving.

Angelica root has a sweet, warming, pungent taste and is used in many Ayurvedic formulas for emotional balance.

Angelica is one of a family of herbs containing more than 60 different species that display huge diversity. Other family members include carrot, chervil, parsley, Queen Anne's Lace, lovage, anise, celery, hemlock, dill, fennel, coriander/cilantro, and cumin.

The root of Angelica can be used for making tea and Angelica stalks are also candied for cake decoration. The leaves can be added to cooking rhubarb, gooseberries, redcurrants and plums to help sweeten these often sour fruits. Young succulent stems and leave can be eaten in salads, roasted or boiled while Angelica seeds can be used for flavoring and making liquors like Chartreuse and Benedictine, gin and vermouth. The dried leaves are used in the preparation of hop bitters.

Angelica root contains vitamin B12, Zinc, Thiamin, Sucrose, Riboflavin, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Fructose, Glucose, and many other trace minerals.

Angelica is used extensively in herbal medicine with main constituents of Angelica are volatile oils, valeric acid, angelic acid, angelicin, safrole, scopoletin, and linoleic acid, making it useful in the treatment of fevers, colds, coughs, flatulent colic and other stomach disorders. A syrup made from the stems and leaves can be stored and diluted to use as a drink and tea made from the dried leaves is said to be good for soothing the nerves, tension, colds coughs and rheumatism though it should not be taken by those suffering from diabetes as it reported to cause an increase of sugar in the urine.

A medicinal infusion made from stems, seeds, and root is carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, sedative, stomachic and tonic.

Because of its coumarin content, it may interfere with anticoagulant drugs. Angelica is a strong emmenagogue (a substance that induces menstruation) and should not be taken by pregnant women.

The whole plant is aromatic, but the root only is official in the Swiss, Austrian and German Pharmacopoeias.

It is generally used as a stimulating expectorant, combined with other expectorants the action of which is facilitated, and to a large extent diffused, through the whole of the pulmonary region.

Angelica was associated with many Pagan festivals, and after the introduction of Christianity, the plant became linked with some angelic lore as well.

Traditionally the (European-angelica) herb takes its name from the story that an angel came to earth when plague was rampant and told people to hold a piece of Angelica root in their mouths to ward off the pestilence. While this legend is often retold, I have found no reports on the effectiveness of the treatment.

All parts of the plant at one time, were believed effective against evil spirits and witchcraft. It was held in such esteem that it was called 'The Root of the Holy Ghost'.

Angelica Sinensis (Dong Quai)

Choraka

The root is an ingredient of 'Four Things Soup', the most widely used woman's tonic in China. Many people here in the US are becoming familiar with Dong Quai, Angelica sinensis. Grown in Asia, it is a very powerful plant used for building blood and regulating the body. It is generally known as a woman's tonic.

Angelica has an antibacterial action it is used externally as a medicinal gargle for sore throats and mouths and as a medicinal poultice for broken bones, swellings, itching and rheumatism. An infusion of Angelica root, used as a wash for the face, is said to prevent acme. A powder made from the dried root is used for athlete's foot, as well as an insecticide and pesticide.

Dong quai, is another name for angelica sinensis or Chinese angelica (aka Bai Zhi). It is also commonly known as "female ginseng" because of its benefits to the female reproductive system. Dong quai tea and dong quai tincture are delicious and effective ways to help normalize female hormones, ease arthritis pain, and lower blood pressure.

Dong Quai is well known for hormonal and menstrual regulation. It has other benefits as well such as providing clearer skin. Chinese angelica mixed with black cohosh is used in successfully treating severe premenstrual syndrome.

Dang Gui is a well-known Chinese herb that has been used in the treatment of female ailments for thousands of years with a reputation perhaps second only to ginseng (Panax ginseng).

Angelica has been used as a pain reliever as well as muscle relaxer, and the plant has antihistamine properties, making it beneficial in treating allergies and specifically used for lung diseases, bronchitis, and asthma. It has been found to be a powerful aid alongside additional herbs, such as Asian ginseng. When combined, the two potent herbs have been known to decrease chest pain in heart disease patients. Angelica essential oil is also available and is a very valuable ally in treating the joint stiffness and pain of arthritis.

Angelica is used for building blood. This versatile herb contains natural chemicals that have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic qualities. It has proven to promote urinary tract health, improve sleep quality, and fight infections.

The traditional uses of angelica included treating tumors, boils, and furuncles, relieving swollen gums, and forcing vomiting to treat food poisoning. Research published as recently as February 2005 confirms that angelica contains compounds that may prevent the proliferation of tumor cells, at least under laboratory conditions. Modern herbalists most often use this form of angelica to relieve loss of appetite, flatulence, and gastrointestinal spasms, and to treat the pain of hacking cough, menstrual cramps and urinary tract infections. Angelica has a long folk-history of use as a medicinal herb, in particular for the treatment of digestive disorders and problems with blood circulation.

Angelica, American aka Masterwort (Angelica atropurpurea)

American Angelica is found in North America from Newfoundland west to Wisconsin and south to Maryland.

  • Smoked by Missouri tribes for colds and respiratory ailments.
  • Native Americans used a concoction of blood root, wild angelica and bear's grease for their skin to repel lice, fleas and other vermin.
  • Rubbing the root on the legs was thought to deter rattlesnake bites.
  • Native Americans in Arkansas carried it in their medicine bags and mixed it with tobacco for smoking.
  • The fresh root was rubbed onto the hands and clothing to attract deer. Also, a small amount was applied to fish bait to attract fish.
  • The root was fed to hogs to improve the flavor of the meat.
  • Has been used by the Creeks for stomach problems, dry bellyache, colic, hysterics, worms, and back pain.
  • Has been used by the Menominee to reduce swellings and for pain.
  • Various members of the species have been used by the Chinook Indians. The roots were boiled for food.
  • Used by the Iroquois and other tribes as Witchcraft Medicine, an infusion of smashed roots was used as wash to remove ghosts from the house.
  • They also took the cooked roots and pounded them to a pulp and combined this with the leaves of Artemisia canadensis to make a poultice or hot plaster which was applied to any pain in the chest or body.

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