Angelica is a native to northern Europe and grows wildly in America. It has spindle shaped roots, an erect stalk and greenish yellow flowers arranged in an umbel. The seeds are off-white and oblong in shape. This herb is also known as garden angelica, great angelica, Alexander’s, wild angelica and purple stem angelica. This herb is related to carrot and has sweet aroma. It can be also added to culinary dishes.
The stem of angelica is sweetened for consumption as tasty treats. The leaves and stems are also used to decorate cakes
The chopped leaves of angelica can be added to fish dishes, fruit salads and cottage cheese in small amounts.
Boil stems along with jams to improve the flavor. Before canning or freezing, remove the stems.
In ancient times, it was believed that these herb has not only medicinal properties, but also used for the treatment of digestive problems. Not only that it was also used to ward off bad spirits and neutralize the bits of mad dogs.,
During the end of World War I, people chewed the roots of the angelica with the belief that it would protect them from influenza epidemic.
Several parts of angelica herb are used, but of these the root seems to be the most often used in various herbal formulas.
This herb is also taken in the form of capsules or herbal tea.
When taken internally, it helps stimulates the appetite, thus alleviating loss of appetite.
It serves as an expectorant and helps to alleviates cough and cold.
It helps to cure stomach disorders and conditions and helps indigestion. It also gives relief from colic flatulence and wind, indigestion, intestinal spasms.
It cures fever by acting as a diaphoretic.
It helps to cure menstrual cramps and urinary tract infections.
Angelica posses anti-bacterial properties and is said to strengthen the heart.
Regular consumption of this root help one develop a distaste of alcoholic beverages’.
The compound found in angelica help prevent the growth of tumor cells in-vitro.
The dried roots are ground into powdered from and used for athlete’s foot.
The crushed leaves are applied as a poultice for chest and lung condition, for rheumatism, as a gargle for sore throat, as a poultice for swells, itching and broken bones.
Essential oils obtained from roots and seeds are used as food flavoring and in perfumes and to stimulate gastric secretion and skin disorders.
The fresh or dreied herb can be used in hot bath.
Diabetic patients must refrain from using this herb, as it intends to increase sugar levels in the urine.
Pregnant and lactating women should also keep away from this herb, as the safe use of this herb has not been confirmed.