An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.

Angelica - Angelica archangelica (Angelica officinalis) - family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) (Carrot Family).

This is an aromatic rhizome-based perennial plant that grows to six feet high. It has coarse compound leaves with toothed oval-to-lance-shaped dark green leaflets. It produces mounds (compound umbels) of greenish-white flowers each summer. Winged elliptic-shaped fruits follow the flowers. Traditional Northern European folk use of leaves and stems as a cooked vegetable. Candied Angelica is a confection of the dried stalks preserved in sugar. Traditional European folk medicinal use of the roots (rhizomes) for constipation, heartburn, indigestion, jaundice, gall bladder problems and insomnia. Also used as a general health tonic. Approved by the German Commission E as a remedy for indigestion, intestinal gas and for a poor appetite. Modern European folk use of roots as a remedy for bronchitis. Traditionally used as one of the Ayurvedic medicinal herbs. Essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Also used as an herbal tea. Note: do not use if pregnant or nursing. Note: do not use if you suffer from diabetes. Note: do not use if you are currently taking blood-thinning agents. Note: several sources suggest that use of Angelica may induce photosensitivity, that is, an allergic reaction to sunlight. Note: large doses may lead to paralysis of the central nervous system. Note: this plant closely resembles Hemlock and other highly poisonous plants. Listed in the United States Pharmacopoeias from 1820 to 1860. Native to Europe and Asia Minor. Cultivated as an herb and as an ornamental in North America.

 

 

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