ANGELICA : Angelica archangelica
Other Names : Archangelica officinalis, Garden Angelica, Archangel,
Habitat : Originally a native of Syria, but now has been
naturalized in Europe and the United States. It grows up
to 6 feet in height and, as it likes a shady position
and moist soil, you should plant it toward the rear of
your herb garden. It comes from the same family as
fennel and parsley, and possesses the same
characteristic hollow, fluted stems of all these
Umbelliferae. Its highly serrated leaves grow in
bunches of three, and it exudes a sin-like fragrance
when bruised. It is hardy biennial herb (that is, it
takes two years to reach maturity) and is extremely easy
to grow from seed, root cutting, or seedling. However,
if you plant from seed, make absolutely sure the seeds
are freshly harvested, as they lose their vitality very
Properties : The herb contains, amoung other things, a volitile
aromatic oil, sugar, valeric acid, angelic acid, and a
resin known as angelicin. Herbalists use it to aid in
the elimination of toxins, the recovery from rheumatism
and colds, urinary complaints, and colic.
Root Dosage : infuse 1 ounce dried chopped root in 1 pint boiling
water for 1/2 hour in a covered container. Drink 2
tablespoons of the liquid, flavoured with honey if you
wish, 3 or 4 times daily.
Seed Dosage : Infuse 1 teaspoon seed in 1 cup boiling water; cover.
Allow to stand until cool; strain and drink 1 to 2 cups
cold a day, again flavoured with honey if desired.
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