Known as the "holy spirit root" or the "oil of angels" in Europe,
angelica was believed to be of divine origin thanks to its powerful
healing properties. It has long been believed to protect against plague,
and was often chewed to prevent infection during the plague of 1660.
When burned, the roots and seeds are thought to purify the air.
is listed in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a specific for
bronchitis associated with vascular insufficiency. A circulatory
stimulant, it may be useful in some cases for poor circulation in the
lower extremities. Angelica has a long history of use in supporting
respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs, and sinus problems.
Angelica may rebuild strength after any condition that depletes the
body's energy. It can be useful in convalescence after chronic illness,
in instances of lowered immunity, after childbirth, and to strengthen
the emotional body.
Angelica should be avoided during pregnancy and by diabetics. In high
concentration, it can cause skin irritation, photo toxicity, and
excessive stimulation or hyper activity of the nervous system. Avoid
applying to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light
within 24 hours.
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