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Angelica Herb Medicinal Uses

The botanical name for the herb, angelica, is Angelica archangelica. Angelica’s botanical name is an indication of how highly this herb was prized in northern Europe in the past. Angelica is a warming tonic. It is good for assisting in recovery from chronic illness, revitalizing the digestive system, and improving poor circulation. Both root and seed of this herb is used.


Angelica archangelica

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Main actions

  • Strengthens weak circulation
  • Acts as a mild muscle relaxant
  • Acts as an expectorant
  • Increases sweating and encourages cooling
  • Stimulates digestive juices
  • Improves appetite
  • Relieves gas

Improves Digestive health

Angelica is good for stimulating stomach activity and is a good remedy for anorexia and poor appetite. It alleviates stomach cramps, bloating, and intestinal gas. Angelica has a bitter taste. It is best to take it in tincture form.

For Treating Respiratory Problems

Angelica is helpful when recuperating from a chest infection. It also helps to relieve conditions such as cough, chest congestion, bronchitis, and asthma.

Other Uses

  • Improves circulation and blood flow in the body by its stimulatory action. This action helps in treatment of problems such as fibromyalgia, chilblains, and cold feet and hands.
  • Helpful in regulating menstrual cycle and controlling menstrual discharge.
  • Used for treating acne and athletes foot.

Points to Remember

  • The recommended daily dosage level is 2-4g. The maximum dosage per week is 30g.
  • Often used in combination with Chamomile.
  • Pregnant or Breast feeding women should avoid using angelica.
  • It should also be avoid during heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Some studies say that using angelica may cause cancer. So be cautious.
  • Avoid sun exposure while using angelica. If you experience any skin allergies seek medical advice immediately.

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