Stems of the plant were chewed during the plague of 1660 to prevent infection; when burned, the seeds and roots were thought to purify the air. Angelica is said to bloom on the day of Michael the Archanges and, on that account, is used as a preservative against evil spirits and witches. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses at least 10 types of Angelica for promoting fertility, fortifying spirit and for treating female reproductive disorders. Angelica's reputation for physiological support is second only to Ginseng. Angelica also has a long history of use in supporting healing of respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs, and sinus problems; Missourian tribes smoked it for this purpose. The Alaskan Aleut peoples boiled the roots for application to both internal and external wounds in order to speed the healing process. Historically, Angelica is referred to as a purifiying agent, easing rheumatism and gout, warming, comforting and sudorific and can be particularly effective in drying out the body and expelling toxins. Angelica Root is reputed to have excellent detoxifying and diuretic properties. Used in a massage oil, it improves lymph drainage, relieves rheumatism and arthritis, fluid retention and cellulite.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Depurative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Nervine, Stimulant, Stomachic.
- Releases negative emotions and thoughts
- Helps in dissociation from traumatic events
- Aids in instilling a sense of security
- Helps clear bronchitis
- Opens and clears air passages (nasal, sinus, bronchial and lung)
- Increases vascular capacity
- Stimulates improved circulation to extremities
- Supports recovery from anemia and anorexia
- Calms flatulence and indigestion
- Reduces fatigue
- Treats migranes and nervous tension headaches
- Quells numerous stress-related disorders
- Boosts white blood cell production to prevent illness
Spirit of the Plant
Well loved as a visionary plant, The Master Book of Herbalism consider Angelica 'one of the most valuable herbs of protection'. This belief is found in many traditions. Angelica essential oil worn behind the heart can help to expand one's wings in order that they might soar. Angelica is said to be a 'bringer of light,' and as such is an excellent choice for use during Candlemas (the feast of the waxing light) as the days grow brighter and hope is rekindled. Those wishing to reach a deeper connection to their inner light will find Angelica a fabulous friend. Plato wrote about Angelica in reference to the legends of Atlantis. As such it is an excellent herb for use during meditation.