Angelica Materia Medica


Since antiquity, Angelica archangelica has been a valued herbal medicine. Paracelsus (16th century alchemist and physician) considered it to be a cure-all. As noted previously, it was prominently employed during the great plague of the 17th century because it was believed to purify the blood and prevent the spread of contagious disease. Stems of the plant were chewed and, when burned, the seeds and roots were thought to purify the air. Accordingly, it was used to treat various fevers, infectious diseases and poisonings.

Angelica possesses anesthetic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antispasmodic, anti-viral, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, immuno-stimulant, stomachic and tonic properties.

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