Believed to have originated from Syria, this medicinal plant is now freely available in the cool European countries like Iceland and Lapland. It loves the cold climate and thrives in it. Held in high respect by traditional and herbal healers, even folklore is full of praises for this plant. It has been hailed as a fast and effective healer that fights contagion, aids the purification of the blood and fights all sorts of maladies and ‘poison agues’. The name of the plant comes from a charming coincidence. The plants bloom on the day of Archangel Michael, and thus the plant ‘Angelica’ has been believed to be effective against evil eye and witchcrafts. Angelica thrives in moist soil and loves cool moist conditions. The plant has its own line of defense against insects and pests, and can generally thrive even in frosty conditions.
Benefits of Angelica
The Angelica is a unique herb in that it has an aromatic odor and a pleasing perfume. In this way it is entirely different from a number of herbs like Anise, Caraway and Chervil. Even the roots of the plant are aromatic.
The stems and seeds of the plant are used to make confectionery and as flavoring agents. They are also used in the preparation of liqueurs. When the roots of the plant are dried rapidly and then stored in airtight containers, they retain their medicinal value for a long period of time.
The stem of the plant is in much demand when is trimmed and candied. Herbal Angelica consists of a substance called Angelicin, which stimulates the skin and the lungs. In addition to being a popular flavoring agent, Angelica also has a number of medicinal properties. It is a natural stimulant and has carminative and expectorant properties. The best part of the plant for medicinal use is the fruit, though the entire plant can also be used.
Angelica is used to fight colds, coughs and infection. Angelica is a useful diaphoretic and is thus effective against feverish conditions or minor aches. It is also used to fight colic, pleurisy and rheumatism.
The herb is effective against the diseases of the urinary organs. It is regularly used as a liquid expectorant, and is effectively combined with other expectorants.
How to use Angelica
At home, if a pint of boiling water is poured over a bruised root, an infusion can be made and this can be administered 3-4 times a day. It is useful as a general health tonic to relieve flatulence and general indigestion. If you suffer from bronchitis or any other chronic chest infections, Angelica will provide relief when taken internally or even if a poultice is made of the fresh leaves and applied on the chest.
In case of chronic rheumatism or gout, the juice of the plant can be extremely helpful. This juice can be collected by bruising the stem or the root. Some people even use the medicine to control alcohol addiction. The virtues of Angelica have been so extolled that it has even been said to “cure the biting of a mad dog and all other venomous beasts”. Since the plant has a sweet taste, it is not recommended for people having diabetes.