The word angel comes from the Greek agghlos meaning announcer. Some
of its folk names are Angelica, Archangel, Archangelica officinalis, Garden
Angelica, and Masterwort.
Angelica does best in moist, slightly acid loam in a cool, partially
Plant seeds in the summer just after ripening for they lose
their germinating ability. Sow a pinch of seeds 1/4 inch deep in intervals
of 2 1/2-3 feet apart for the plant will eventually grow to 4-7 feet high.
After they sprout, in about three weeks, thin to leave only the strongest in
In the second year if the stalks are cut back the roots will
send up shoots that can be transplanted. Roots should be dug during the fall
of the first growing season while they are still tender. During the second
season the leaves and stalks can be harvested. The stalks should be cut in
the spring before flowering.
Since ancient times Angelica has been held in the highest of esteem
for its virtues as a protection against contagious deseases, for its
abilities to purify the blood and just about every conceivable malady.
In Eastern Prussia it is still the custom to carry Angelica flowers into the
towns chanting an ancient pagan ditty that even the singers do not
understand. The words and tune are taught in childhood and have been passed
down through the centuries.
Some say Angelica received its name when during
the plague a monk was said to have a vision from an angel that this herb
would cure the plague.
It was also dubbed the Root of the Holy Ghost because
of the belief that it warded one against evil spirits and against the
enchantment of witches.
The stems, roots and seeds of Angelica are used in confectionary and
flavouring. Candied Angelica comes in wide flat strips and is cut in diamond
shapes to use with other candied fruit for decorative purposes.It is also
used in liqeurs and cordials such as Vermouth and Chartreuse.
their aromatic qualities the dried leaves are used in the preparation of hop
Spiritual Properties and Uses in Magic
Angelica's energy can be utilized in many ways. It is used in herbal
'tobacco' formulas and can enable one to communicate with the angelic realm
by inducing visions.
When grown in the garden it will protect the home from
negative outside influences. The leaves can be scattered in an area to purify
also. Worn as an amulet it protects the wearer against witchcraft.
some American Indian tribes the root was carried for good fortune when
Wearing angelica as an amulet will help you to follow the path of
your heart with faith and certainty. Add it to your bath, it has the power
to remove any curses, spells or hexes that have been cast, it will strengthen
your aura and bring joy to your senses.
When burned as an incense it
purifies, protects and heals and is used in this way in exorcism rituals.
Burning angelica in a smudge will purify and protect anything in its
Angelica is said to be a gift from the angels and it's greatest
strength is the gift of temperance. The capacity to rise above our troubles
and the patience to wait serenely for the outcome of events. It opens up the
heart chakra and allows us the follow our chosen path with peace and clarity.
Healing Properties and Uses
Angelica is used in most herbal stomach remedies and as an aid to
digestion. If you want to use it by itself do so sparingly for it is not
recommended for continuous applications. Although it is benefical it should
not be used for longer than four weeks.
Eating the roots candied or steeped
in vinegar is excellent during a fast to prevent infection. Infusing the
fresh plant (100g of herb in 1l of water) and added to the bath relieves
stress. Mix an infusion of angelica with wine against the common cold and
lung ailments. The root of angelica is good in salves for rhuematic pains
and skin disorders.
A dried root decoction of angelica is said to remove the
taste for alchohol, drink two cups of tea per day for this purpose. The root
strengthens the stomach, alleviaes flatulance, disinfects the intestine, and
treats intestinal colic.
It is best to prepare a cold infusion of the roots:
pour one cup of cold water over one teaspoon of angelica root, let stand in
a container for several hours, then boil for two minutes, steep two more
minutes, strain off, and serve. Do not consume more than two cups every day.
When it is used in tincture or infusion it has the ability to raise the body
temperature and aids in digestion which makes it an excellent remedy for the
elderly. When using as a tincture the doses are ten to thirty drops, four
times each day.
Angelica is a uterine stimulant and should not be used by pregnant
women internally (a bath would be fine though).
It be used by people who have hot conditions such as infections,
fevers, or feelings of excess warmth in the body.
Diabetics should not use angelica as it tends to increase the sugar in
Do not exceed the recommended amounts for it can adversely affect the
heart, respiration and blood pressure.
Although angelica is a stimulant if taken in very small doses, it is
becomes a depressant at a higher dosage.
Do not attempt to collect angelica yourself from the wild unless you
possess real botanical expertise, angelica can be confused with poison
The roots are only safe to consume after they have been dried first.
Some Canadian tribes ate the fresh roots for suicidal purposes.