Common Names: European Angelica, Garden Angelica, Angel’s Wort.
Scientific Name: Angelica Archangelica
Common Uses: ANGELICA FRUIT- Preparations of angelica seed are used internally for conditions of the kidneys and efferent urinary tract, the intestinal tract and the respiratory tract, as well as for rheumatic and neuralgic complaints. Preparations are also used as a diaphoretic and have been used in the past for malaria. Externally, an ointment from the seeds is used for body lice. ANGELICA LEAVES- Preparations from the leaves have been used as a diuretic and diaphoretic. ANGELICA ROOT- In folk medicine, preparations of the root are used as a mild rubefacient, for coughs, bronchitis, menstruation complaints, loss of appetite, dyspeptic complaints with mild gastrointestinal cramps, liver and biliary duct conditions.
*Warnings: No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages. The furocoumarins contained in angelica root sensitize the skin to light and can lead to inflammation of the skin in combination with UV rays. It is therefore advisable to avoid sunbathing and intensive UV radiation for the duration of treatment with Angelica or its preparations.
Origin: Angelica is thought by some botanists to be indigenous to Syria, Holland or Poland. Today it is found growing in the wild on the coasts of the North and Baltic Seas as far north as Lapland. It is a protected species in Iceland, and is cultivated in other regions. Other species are found in America (A. Atropurpurea), in Europe (A. Sylvestris) and in China/Asia (A. Sinensis).