ANGELICA

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

Angelica has been attributed with being an effective treatment for flatulence, indigestion, chronic bronchitis, typhus, a variety of women’s reproductive health issues & joint pain.
Angelica can be used to treat headaches, chillsaches & pains, a general dislike of the cold, myalgia & neuralgia, as well as for women’s complaints such as amenorrhoea, premenstrual syndrome with problems such as irritability, depression, weepiness & joint pains, as well as being a useful urinary antiseptic.
This herb is a useful expectorant for coughs, bronchitis & pleurisy, especially when they are
accompanied by fever, colds or influenza.
Externally it is used as a medicinal gargle for sore throats & mouths & as a medicinal poultice for broken bonesswellings, itching rheumatism.
Angelica eases conditions such as asthma & is an ideal remedy for recuperation after an acute chest infection.
A syrup made from the stems & leaves can be stored & diluted to use as a drink & tea made from the dried leaves is said to be good for soothing the nerves, tension, colds, coughs & rheumatism.

Angelica can be used to build immunity & to treat infectious feversacute febrile diseasestyphoid fever & malaria
Angelica is a very good tonic herb. 

The bitter taste of angelica stimulates stomach activity,making it a key remedy for poor appetite & anorexia.
It soothes cramping & sensations of fullness in the digestive tract & eases gas.
Used in infusion or tincture, the root raises body temperature & promotes digestion, making it an ideal herb for older people.
It is useful in treating anorexia nervosacystitis.

The root’s warming & stimulatory action upon the heart & circulation improves the blood flow throughout the whole body,making it useful in problems such as cold hands & feet,
chilblains & fibromyalgia.
Angelica is an excellent circulatory tonic & can be used to treat anaemia & peripheral vascular disease, as well as intermitten claudicationRaynaud’s Disease & related circulatory disorders
Powdered root is said to cause disgust for liquor
It has an antibacterial action.
A powder made from the dried root is used for athlete's foot, as well as an insecticide & pesticide.
Externally, it can be used to treat ulcersbitesgout sciatica
It makes an excellent cream to treat chemotherapy related radiation damage to the skin.

PRECAUTIONS:

The herb should not be used by diabetics due to the high sugar content of the plant. 
Use of the herb can cause photo sensitivity in some individuals. 
This herb would not suit people with excessively hot constitutions. 
Use with caution if you have hyperacidity or peptic ulceration, diodenitis & gastro-oesophageal reflux. 
Use with extreme care if you are on warfarin or any other anticoagulant, as Angelica contains coumarins which may potentiate the action of the drug.
Angelica promotes delayed menstruation & should be avoided during pregnancy.
Avoid excessive sun after using angelica oil.

RECIPES:

The leaves can be added to cooking rhubarb, gooseberries, redcurrants & plums to help sweeten these often sour fruits.
The young shoots are edible in salad or boiled as a pot herb. 
It has a sweet taste similar to celery. 
Angelica stems are often preserved with sugar for a sweet edible treat.

Angelica Stem Jam:

2 dl water
4 dl honey or sugar
2 dl stems of angelica, cut into thin disks
some lemon juice

Boil honey or sugar with the water until clear. 
Add stems, let boil for 30 minutes. 
Pour into glass jars with tight fitting lids. 
Leave for few days in a cool place, boil again, let cool, pour back into the glass jars. 
Close the jars. 
Store in the fridge.

Tea of Angelica: 

Take some fresh leaves of angelica, cut into small pieces, put some of these into your teapot, add boiling water, leave for 5 minutes. 
Serve with sugar & lemon.

BEAUTY:

An infusion of Angelica root, used as a wash for the face, is said to prevent acne.

MAGIC:

Angelica is used magically as an herb for protection & exorcism. 
Grow it in the garden to protect the home. 
Make necklaces of the leaves, or carry the root in your pocket for protection. 
The dried leaves are burned in exorcism rituals.

To ward off evil spirits inside the home, sprinkle in all four corners of the house. This & the burning of the leaves within the home, is also said to give a joyful outlook to the residents of the home.

Associated with Saint Michael the Archangel, angelica was once thought to dispel lustful thoughts & protect against sorcery, the Black Death, attacks by rabid & venomous beasts.

It is considered an ancient power plant that protects against all evil & was carried as an amulet to ward off any form of wicked sorcery. 
During the dark ages, when the Black Death ravaged Europe, Angelica was highly revered for its powers to protect against this merciless killer. According to the old legend, the Holy Ghost itself visited a sleeping monk & revealed Angelica's protective powers in a dream. Doctors, who were constantly at risk of infection, protected themselves by placing a piece of the root underneath the tongue. 

The root of the angelica is commonly used by hoodoo practitioners for the purposes of warding off evil, uncrossing,breaking jinxes & attaining good luck,especially in matters concerning one’s health or family. 

The majestic Angelica also gives courage & brings calm to those pained by fear & anxiety. 
Like a guardian angel, angelica provides inner strength & guidance. 
It promotes self-confidence & radiates a glow of health & happiness.
Burn for meditation, protection, divination, exorcism, healing/health & visions. 

If you eat a piece of angelica root on midsummer night it'll cure any ailment.

Angelica is a protective influence when grown in the garden, perhaps with Rosemary, which is also protective. 
It can be used to ward off evil & when used as a bath can remove curses, hexes & negative spells.
Angelica is also used in healing incenses & mixtures & smoking the leaves apparently brings visions. 



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