ANGELICA


CIRCULATORY STIMULANT


Angelica is a versatile remedy for chest problems and is used for damp, wet coughs and 'oil - deficient dryness in the lungs'. It is effective in treating conditions such as coughs, pleurisy, respiratory congestion, particularly when accompanied by fever and influenza. 


ANTI - INFLAMMATORY


In many European cultures, the stalks and stems of the plant can be cooked alongside other vegetables and chewing helps to stimulate immune response and overall produce an emotionally - stabilising effect. 

DIGESTIVE STIMULANT


Due to its high content of carminative (digestive calming) essential oils, it calms the digestive tract and is also used for dyspeptic complaints such as mild GI spasms, flatulence, bloating, sluggish digestion, indigestion and loss of appetite. 



A MAGICAL PLANT


Angelica is known by a variety of names including wild celery, garden Angelica and Holy Ghost. It is native to the various damp soils of Northern Europe and Asia and has a plethora of different uses. It was such a prized plant that records indicate the settlers of Greenway and Norway would travel cross - country to obtain it.


The history of Angelica is full of superstitious folk tales and the flowers were worn superstitiously to ward off malevolent spirits and it was instituted as the 'official' remedy of the infamous bubonic plague. The herb received its name from the biblical figure Saint Michael the Archangel since it used to bloom on May 8 each year (the day of the feast of Saint Michael).  


The herb itself has antioxidant properties and is liver protecting and is taken for bronchial catarrh, chesty coughs and bronchitis


Angelica is a versatile remedy for chest problems and is used for damp, wet coughs and 'oil - deficient dryness in the lungs'. It is effective in treating conditions such as coughs, pleurisy, respiratory congestion, particularly when accompanied by fever and influenza. 


Due to its high content of carminative (digestive calming) essential oils, it calms the digestive tract and is also used for dyspeptic complaints such as mild GI spasms, flatulence, bloating, sluggish digestion, indigestion and loss of appetite. The bitter constituents of the plant stimulate the secretion of gastric juices which improve the digestive processes significantly. 


In many European cultures, the stalks and stems of the plant can be cooked alongside other vegetables and chewing helps to stimulate immune response and overall produce an emotionally - stabilising effect. 


Use of Angelica by pregnant or breastfeeding women is not encouraged and diabetics should exercise caution when consuming the plant as it tends to raise blood sugar. 


REFERENCES 


http://etnobotanica.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Plant-Monograph-Book-4.2013.pdf


 

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