<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> RowanTree Herbs: Angelica
  • Not to be taken during pregnancy.
  • Not to be taken when using blood-thinning products.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.

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(Angelica archangelica)
Common names: Alexanders, Archangel, Garden Angelica, Masterwort, Purple Angelica, Root of the Holy Ghost.



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Parts Used: Root, stem, seed, entire plant. Methods Used: Water extraction.

Spiritual Uses: Angelica has long been considered a plant with magical and protective properties.This has been true since pre-Christian times, although the stories appear to have been adapted to the new era. Since the earliest of times, this herb has been associated with protection from all forms of evil.

To this day, there are marketplaces in eastern Europe where the plant is carried into the marketplace to the sound of chants so ancient that the meaning of the words and the words themselves have been lost. The chants are repeated phonetically with no understanding of what they mean.

Because it warded off witches and demons, parents made necklaces of Angelica leaves for their children to wear. The juice was drunk to ensure a long life and fend off evil charms and spells.

Physical Uses: Angelica tea has traditionally been used by both Native Americans and Europeans as a general tonic, to treat the congestion of colds, for digestive upsets such as colic and heartburn, as an appetite stimulant and as a general sedative.

Poultices of Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) and Angelica were used to relieve swelling and pain. Angelica is used in lotions to relieve rheumatism, help heal wounds and stop itching.

The tea is used to relieve muscle spasms.

This herb is also used to cleanse the lungs and has been used to treat colds, persistent coughs, bronchitis and emphysema.

The fresh leaves may be crushed to release the aromatic oils. This scent is thought to help to prevent carrsickness.

The powdered root sprinkled onto the surface may help dry a resistant weeping wound or skin ulcer.

Candied Angelica, used in decorating cakes and candies, is made from the stem.



  1. Add ounce of herb to 1 pint of water just off the boil.
  2. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain out herb and discard.
  4. Store, covered, in a refrigerator or other cool place.
  5. Dose: Administer in frequent cup dosages.
  6. Discard leftover tea after 24 hours.
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