Angelica root is used in both Western healing and traditional Chinese medicine. Usually the dried root is used medicinally. The most common angelica used in Western healing is the European species, Angelica archangelica.
According to folklore, angelica is named after an angel that appeared in plague-ridden Europe and showed a monk the angelica plant as a cure. Today, in addition to the use of angelica extracts and teas as medicine, the herb is used in cooking and as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages such as gin and Benedictine.
Traditional uses and benefits of Angelica root:
- Angelica has been used medicinally to encourage gastric secretion, treat flatulence, and topically treat rheumatic and skin disorders.
- Root stalks, leaves and fruit possess carminative, stimulant, diaphoretic, stomachic, tonic and expectorant properties.
- It is a good cure for colds, coughs, pleurisy, wind, colic, rheumatism and diseases of the urinary organs.
- It is a useful agent for feverish conditions, acting as a diaphoretic.
- Infusion will relieve flatulence, and is also of use as a stimulating bronchial tonic, and as an emmenagogue.
- Externally, the fresh leaves of the plant are crushed and applied as poultices in lung and chest diseases.
- Earlier a preparation of the roots was much used as a specific for typhoid.
- An infusion of Angelica leaves is a very healthful, strengthening tonic and aromatic stimulant, the beneficial effect of which is felt after a few days’ use.
- Yellow juice yielded by the stem and root becomes, when dry, a valuable medicine in chronic rheumatism and gout.
- Taken in medicinal form, Angelica is said to cause disgust for spirituous liquors.
- Angelica has a long folk-history of use as a medicinal herb, in particular for the treatment of digestive disorders and problems with blood circulation.
- An infusion is used to ease flatulence, indigestion, chronic bronchitis and typhus.
- It stimulates blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body and so is of value in treating poor circulation.
- It is considered a specific treatment for Buerger’s disease, a condition that narrows the arteries of the hands and feet.
- It has been used for respiratory catarrh, psychogenic asthma, flatulent dyspepsia, anorexia nervosa, rheumatic diseases, peripheral vascular disease, and specifically for pleurisy and bronchitis, applied as a compress, and for bronchitis associated with vascular deficiency.
- Angelica root can be used for lack of appetite and dyspeptic complaints such as mild stomach cramps and flatulence.
- Angelica roots can be used for the treatment of heartburn.
- Roots have tonic properties that help in the treatment of acidity and heartburn.
- It can also help in the treatment of flatulent colic and other digestive diseases.
- Angelica infusion is used as gargle for sore throats and mouths sores.
- Infusions made from the leaves and roots of the angelica plant can help in the treatment of depression by triggering the production of mood enhancing chemicals in the brain.
- Angelica tea is used as tonic, used to restore vigor and vitality after sickness.
- Angelica tea is also used to improve appetite by stimulating stomach activity.
- Angelica herb can also improve the flow of blood in the body, thus improving the functioning of your joints.
- It can be especially beneficial for arthritis.
- Boiled roots of angelica were applied internally and externally to wounds by the Aleut people in Alaska to speed healing.