Angelica Root C/S
Angelica Root C/S
LATIN NAME: Angelica archangelica
COMMON NAMES: Garden angelica, norwegian angelica, holy ghost, wild celery, masterwort
PARTS USED: Leaves, stems, seeds, roots
ORIGIN: United States
Angelica has traditionally been used for menopausal troubles, flatulence, appetite loss, digestive problems, respiratory ailments and arthritis. Like it’s Chinese counterpart Angelica sinensis (dong quai), this herb is used by many women for the reproductive system. It is believed to be a hormonal regulator and uterine tonic. Angelica tea is often used to treat PMS as well.
Since the 10th century, Angelica has been cultivated as a vegetable and for medicinal purposes. It is also used to flavor liqueurs like Chartreuse and Vermouth. When one chews on a root or drinks tea brewed using this plants aromatic roots, a local anesthesia effect takes place, this will heighten your immune system. Used as a wash this plant has been effective against fungal, bacterial and viral infections. It is some times used in the making of Absinthe.
Tea: Cover root with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Drink ½ cup twice a day.
Wash: In a pot, add just enough water to cover root, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Apply to afflicted area.
It is not advisable to harvest Angelica without a positive identification being made first by a botanist as there are several members of the Apiaceae Umbelliferae family that look the same yet are extremely poisonous. Diabetics should not use this herb, as it tends to raise one’s sugar. Large doses can affect blood pressure; heart rhythm and respiration so do not exceed dosage guidelines.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.