Angelica

Summary

Medicinal plant with spasmodic and tonic effect, used mainly in cases of digestive spasms and fatigue, most often presented as tea or liqueur.

names

Portuguese name: angelica, wild celery, holy spirit root
Binomial name: Angelica archangelica L.
French name: Angélique , angélique vraie, angélique officinale, archangélique, herbe aux anges
English name: garden angelica
German name: Arznei- Engelwurz, Echte Engelwurz
Italian name: angelica
Spanish name: Angélica

Family

Apiaceae

Constituents

Aromatic essence (phelandrene), coumarins, tannins and resins, estrogen (in the roots).

parts used

Root (in herbal medicine).

Effects

Appetite stimulant, tonic, antispasmodic, carminative (removes gases), diuretic and sweating, bitter.

Indications

Digestive spasms, indigestion, bloating, amenorrhea, menstrual cramps, anorexia, fatigue (including asthenia).

Secundary effects

Risk of allergies, the possibility of “sun allergy” in case of exposure to the sun – photosensitivity (due to coumarins contained in angelica), read the package insert before purchasing an angelica preparation.

contraindications

Pregnancy, read the package insert before purchasing an angelica preparation.

Interactions

None known (in our opinion).

Preparations

– Tea (infusion) of angelica

– Decoction

– Tincture

– Liquor

– Medicinal wines

Where does angelica grow?

Angelica grows particularly well in northern and central Europe. She likes shade and moisture.

When to harvest angelica?

We harvest the roots (used in herbal medicine) when the plant is over a year old, preferably in autumn.

Plant it yourself!

This plant does not like full sun, hot and very dry environments, it does not support calcareous soils (recommended pH 6-7)

Install this species in rich, cool soil. In view of the size of the plant, avoiding potted cultivation.

Interesting Observations

– Angelica is a plant native to northern Europe, it is widely used in ornamentation (decorative) because of its beautiful flowers.

– In herbal medicine, the root is the most used part of angelica for its antispasmodic properties, but also against fatigue due to its tonic properties. This is one of the few medicinal plants used against fatigue without containing caffeine (it is known that caffeine is not always the best way to treat fatigue).

– In the Middle Ages, angelica was used to ward off evil spirits and to fight against very serious illnesses such as the plague. Due to its use its name was given, Angelica (Angel) which allows you to save yourself from death or evil spirits.

– During the Middle Ages, angelica was also used against the plague. During the Middle Ages, angelica was also used to cure the bites of rabid animals.

– We find angelica especially in Melissa water or in the French liqueur Chartreuse.

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