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Angelica archangelica

See Cautions below in RED

Contains: Vitamins A, B, B12 and E.  Niacin, magnesium, and calcium. Rich iron source. Coumarin (blood thinner)

Parts Used:  root


Use as:   Fluid extract, tincture, essential oil, powdered root                  

              Infused tea of leaf:  take in standard doses for indigestion

             Tincture Leaves:   Tape up to 3 ml, three x day for bronchitis or upset stomach

             Tincture of Root:  Take for bronchial phlegm, chesty coughs, digestive disorders, or as liver stimulant.

              Compress of Root Powder:  Soak a pad in the hot diluted tincture or decoction and apply to painful fheumatic or arthritic joints.

              Massage Oil of Root:  Dilute up to 10 drops angelica in 25 ml almond or sunflower oil for arthritic or rheumatic pains.

              Root Oil inhibits bacteria and fungus

Important Information

Specific:  Indigestion and bronichal problems.

Chest congestion, insomnia, flatulence, headaches, fevers, skin rashes, wounds, rheumatism, toothaches, to promote menstrual flow, and to induce abortions.

Try making an infusion for bronchial problems by pouring boiling water over 1 ounce of bruised or cut Angelica root (harvest the root in the fall of the first year of growth). Cover and let sit for about 30 minutes. Bottle, then take 2 tablespoons 3-4 times per day. This also has some merit as an expectorant.

To ease cold or flu and to relieve cough, use angelica root powder in an equal amount of honey.  Take a teaspoon every 2 hours.

To aid in digestion, try a cup of Angelica tea after dinner.

To use Angelica as a cough syrup, boil 2-3 whole Angelica roots in a quart of water. Strain and add enough honey to make it a syrupy consistency. Take two tablespoons up to 3 times per day for relief of cough and congestion.

Angelica is also said to ease the pain of arthritis. Make a Tea, and drink 1-2 cups per day. Add honey to taste for an additional sweetener, if desired.

Anglica root oil has been found to contain an antibiotic agent.

 Angelica's generous supply of phtoesterols, glycosides, saponins, and flavonoids support the body's production of all important hormones, stabilizing emotional swings, and easing hot flashes, irritability, and hormone-related headaches.

Regulates menustration, relieves cramping,  and menopausal distress.  Helps regulate menstruation after comming off birth control pills. Relieves symptoms of premenstraul discomfort.

Helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

Contains limonene, which detoxifies carcinogens and disrupts growth of cancerous changes within cells.


Avoid regular or large doses in pregnancy, bcause it is a uterine stimulant, and in diabetes because of its sugar content.

Do not take angelica while menstruating or if you have uterine fibroids.  If you tend to bleed heavily and find angelica magnifies this, do not use.  

If use of angelica results in extreme breast tenderness, discontinue.

Do not take angelica while taking coumadin because it is a blood thiner.  

Avoid anglelica oil when in direct sun.

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