Angelica - Angelica Archangelica

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This Angelica (Angelica archangelica) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Angelica - Angelica archangelica in the Apiaceae or Parsley family

Part used: Root, seed.

Taste/smell: Bitter, aromatic, sweet.

Tendencies: Warming, stimulating.

Dosage: Crush and infuse: 1 heaping teaspoon of root per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh root tincture: 25-50 drops in a little water. Ingest prior to meals or when symptoms arise.

Use: (a) Carminative, (b) Stomachic, (c) Antimicrobial, (d) Antispasmodic.

When used as a stomach tonic, the indications are gastrointestinal colic with gas and eructations. It has been shown to stimulate gastric and pancreatic secretions. Angelica can be used as an antiseptic, expectorant, emmenagogue and a diuretic. It is used to make liqueurs like Benedictine and Chartreuse.

The seeds contain essential oils, coumarin and furanocoumarins. The root contains bitters, resins, tannins, angelic acids, essential oils, and furanocoumarins.

Contraindications: In combination with UV-A light, the furanocoumarins may be phototoxic, photomutagenic, carcinogenic and cause photodermatoses. It is contraindicated during pregnancy unless used under the guidance of a trained professional.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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