Angelica Archangelica: properties and benefits
The Angelica archangelica is an aromatic herb that has several names: Grass of the angels, Grass of the Holy SpiritIt is called this because it was said that it was the Archangel Gabriel who sowed the seeds of this plant. For many centuries, perhaps because of its origin, it was considered magical and sacred.It is a biennial plant, from the Umbelliferae family, it grows wild in the woods, loves damp soils, and comes from North America.
The therapeutic properties of Angelica archangelica in Phytotherapy
In terms of phytotherapy, the most interesting part is the root (radix angelicae),
a rhizome, rich in essential oils.
The roots are thoroughly cleaned, washed, cross-cut and left to dry in dryers at a maximum temperature of 35 ° C.
The root has digestive powers, it also helps quell bowel cramps due to excess gas, expectorant, aromatic, carminative, antiseptic and tonic.
Pay attention to the large doses that stimulate the central nervous system, so they numb it.
The fruits gradually as the umbrellas mature. These only let fall on cloths and wait for the maturation, to then clean them and remove the seeds , the collected parts contain:
Essential oils, organic acids, bitter substances, tannins and sugars.
They act as a soothing to the nervous system, limit migraines, nervous disorders and relieve cramps.
In Chinese natural medicine it is located in the fifth season diseases, in which the most exposed organ is the Spleen.
The Angelica was used in syrup (stems) also for pulmonary problems, pleurisy, cough tisi, asthma, colic, to cause menstruation and to ease childbirth, expel kidney stones, burns and reduce intestinal swelling.
Archangelica angelica is an excellent honey plant.
Curiosities and its uses in the past
It was a very cultivated plant around the monasteries and its pleasant taste made it a very pleasant remedy .
In the past, Angelica was considered a panacea, that is, a remedy for all ills.
For all epidemics, pestilence, rabies, plague, poisoning, as a cardiac and blood tonic, it was recommended to take the root powder with water.
Its root reduced to dust healed deep wounds and its poultice cured dog bites, or wild bites.
Its juice was applied to wounds.
In Folk Medicine, the officinal tincture of archangelica angelica was used for the preparation of aperitifs and digestives.
It was used for the treatment of depression and anorexia.
Angelica digestive infusion:
Recipe: take a saucepan and boil some water.
- 12 grams of stems or angelica roots, (or mix stems and roots in equal parts).
- Pour half a liter of boiling water.
- Leave to infuse for 10 minutes and then strain.
Here the infusion is ready. It is advisable to drink a cup of this herbal tea an hour before dinner, which you imagine quite heavy. A second cup, after the meal, prevents the heaviness of the stomach.
Also recommended for gargling.
Archangelica angelica contains:
Coumarin derivatives, tannin, resins, aromatic acids, bitter substances, sugary substances.
Its aroma is due to a derivative of pentadecenoic acid.
The smell of angelica is very aromatic and has an acrid, slightly piquant taste.
Archangelica angelica is now cultivated and widely used, especially in confectionery, and also for the production of liqueurs.
The floral essence
It gives us inner strength, bringing balance from our physical to the soul, from energy to the first chakras. It is used for those who are sad and demoralized.
Symptoms of imbalance: discomfort, sadness and disappointments, lack of expectations.
Balance: positive energies, courage, enthusiasm, desire for a spiritual life.
- Essential oil
- Chlorogenic Acids
- Caffeic acid
- Angelic acid
- Xanthotoxin and other cumarie.
The angelica sylvestri L.
It is used in homeopathic medicine , where it can be found as a mother tincture, granules and oral drops.
It is used in case of dyspeptic disorders associated with flatulence
- Abdominal swelling
- Stomach pain
- Intestinal cramps
- He retched
- Nervous anorexia.
The dose of homeopathic remedy, to be taken is subjective from person to person and can vary (always from a Medical consultation).
Archangelica angelica in the kitchen
The following parts of the archangelica angelica are used:
- The leaves stand out the tender leaves, to prepare soups and stews and in salads with other vegetables.
- Sprouts , like boiled vegetables in the side dishes, can also be put in omelettes.
- The roots that must be ground and reduced to powder and can be used in the preparation of omelettes, pancakes and more.
- The fruits and stems can be candied, cooked and raw in salads .
Archangelica angelica is an aromatic plant and is one of the most important ingredients for the preparation of liqueurs and aperitifs.
We can make purifying baths we will use a handful of flowers of Angelica, hypericum, lavender and rosemary, which we boil in a liter of water, and then leave them to infuse for 10 minutes.Then it is filtered and the liquid is placed in the tub with hot water, to then bathe and relax it is advisable to stay in the tub a little.Do it once a week, at least sometimes.