Botanical: Angelica archangelica (European)
Family: Umbelliferae (carrot) - Apiaceae (parsley)
Other common names: Garden Angelica, Archangelica, Holy Ghost Plant, Archangel Root, Wild Celery, Wild Parsnip, Dead Nettle, Masterwort
Praised throughout the centuries as a miraculous gift from the angels and a panacea for all ills, Angelica Root is a well-known remedy for stomach pain, flatulence, sour stomach, heartburn, menstrual cramps, colic and general indigestion. The root also helps ease symtoms of arthritis and relieves the discomfort of colds. It is an excellent stimulant and overall natural tonic for good health.
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This highly aromatic plant is a moisture-loving native of damp meadows and riverbanks, and it is a hardy biennial or perennial ornamental that grows to a height of two to eight feet. American Angelica Root (Angelica atropurpurea) grows in northeastern and north central part of the United States and also Canada. European Angelica (Angelica archangelica) grows mostly in the northern and eastern countries, and Chinese Angelica Root (Angelica sinensis and also called Dong Quai) is native to both China and Japan. Centuries ago, our “Angelic” herb is said to have received its name because it bloomed around the feast day of the Archangel Michael, and in northern Europe the day was often celebrated with singing, dancing and praising Angelica Root as a strong defense against all evil and even witchcraft. According to tenth-century French legend, the Archangel Raphael revealed the secrets of the herb to a monk in order to ward off plague; and in 1629, the English herbal, Paradisus Terrestris, considered Angelica Root to be one of the most important herbs of the time. Angelica was even eaten as a vegetable and added to soups in Scandinavia and Greenland, and in Nordic countries, Angelica Root was used as a tranquilizer and considered a powerful medicine. Today, in many European countries, Angelica Root is still prized and used in a variety of modern drugs; it was listed in the German Drug Codex (1986). The oil is used for flavoring Chartreuse, gin, vermouth and a wide variety of liqueurs, and the candied stalks are a popular confection in Europe and a specialty in French regions. Some of the active ingredients in Angelica Root include furocoumarins, tannins, alpha-pinene, essential oils and linoleic acid.
Angelica Root is an aromatic and bitter tonic that supports the digestive system and helps provide heartburn relief, as well as relieve stomach pain, sour stomach, dyspepsia and mild spasms of the gastrointestinal tract. The root helps encourage the production of gastric juices that aid digestion. It is especially effective against flatulence and feelings of fullness.
The root is an appetite stimulant, and in East Indian medicine, Angelica Root is used to treat anorexia nervosa.
Angelica is widely used in German pediatric medicine for colic and as an antispasmodic. Angelica Root is considerd useful for all sorts of stomach difficulties, including gastric ulcers, cramps and vomiting.
Angelica Root may also be beneficial for a sluggish liver and spleen.
Regarded a s a strong emmenagogue, Angelica Root has been known to bring on menstruation and minimize premenstrual discomfort. It has also been widely used to alleviate the discomforts of menopause.
Angelica is thought to help support good heart health and improve circulation. It contains fifteen compounds that act much like calcium channel blockers, a class drug that is a standard treatment for angina and high blood pressure; and as such, it may be of great help in such cases.
This powerful aromatic possesses antibacterial qualities and as an antifungal, it is known to counter fourteen different types of fungus.
Use of Angelica Root has been used to improve lung function, relax tracheal muscles and act as an expectorant (good for bronchial conditions). It has helped treat colds and flu, intermittent fever and general weakness.
As a pain reliever, Angelica is said to be effecting in fighting headaches, cramps, rheumatic pain and may even help with insomnia.
Angelica Root Herbal Supplement should not be used by pregnant or lactating women, diabetics or those taking anticoagulants. People taking high blood pressure medication should avoid this herb. Angelica may increase photosensitivity in sunlight.