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Angelica (Angelica archangelica)

Schwach giftig


stomachic, stimulating menstruation, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-flatulence, blood purifying, expectorant promoting, nerve stimulating, antiseptic, expectorant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anti-anxiety

Areas of application:

Tension in the stomach and intestines, cold, flu, cough, chronic cough, runny nose, sore throat, mouth sores, bile, nerves, chest and bronchial problems, bronchitis, asthma, colic, pneumonia, nicotine and alcohol poisoning, convulsions in small children, Arthritis, rheumatism, gout, joint pain, flatulence, feeling of fullness, loss of appetite, paralysis, pain, strengthens the immune system and stabilizes the circulation, stress-related digestive problems, stomach and liver weakness, plague, dysentery, cholera, neuralgia, nerve pain, regulates the menstrual cycle, reduces stress from, improves the ability to relax

Plant parts used:

Seeds and roots

Collection time:

Root in early spring or fall,

Seeds before falling (around August)

To find:

They can be found in the moist meadows of low mountain ranges, but are already extremely rare. Only the fruit, the whiter flowers and the stocky growth distinguish it from the medicinal forest angelica, which can be found in shady young forests, in floodplains and on wet meadows. The forest angelica has greenish flowers, the root tastes more bitter. It is almost impossible to confuse them with poisonous umbelliferous plants if you pay attention to the scent. Angelika smells good and spicy, like celery and sweet. Hemlock and chervil smell bad, like mold and death.


Essential oil, bitter substances, tannins, starch, pectin, sugar, furanocoumarins


☕ Tea: Add 2 teaspoons of angelica to 1/4 liter of water and heat until boiling. Let it steep a little and strain. 3 cups of tea a day are enough. This tea in particular should never be sweetened; the bitter substances are beneficial for the entire organism. You can also let it take off overnight. Simply bring to the boil briefly and then strain straight away.

Angelica is a biennial plant and grows between 1.2 and 1.8 m tall. The plant sprouts leaves in the first year, but most of the growth and flowering occurs in the second year. It has large, dark green, bipinnate leaves. Each leaf contains many leaflets, which are divided into three main groups. Each subdivision is in turn divided into three groups. The leaves are finely toothed. The lower leaves are the largest, growing up to 60 cm wide. The petioles are flattened and grooved. The stems are curved inwards and covered with a sheath that forms an elongated bowl that absorbs the water. The stems are dark purple, round, smooth and hollow, 2.5 to 5 cm in diameter. The small, abundant white, yellowish or greenish-white flowers grow in large, compound umbels up to 15 cm wide. The star-shaped flowers appear in July after the second year. The fruits are small, elongated and pale yellow. Each is 40 to 60 cm long at maturity and sits in round heads 20 to 25 cm in diameter. The root is branched, thick and fleshy with small roots. The root is 7.5 to 15 cm long.

🛑 Be careful! The furocoumarins contained in angelica root make the skin sensitive to light and can lead to skin inflammation in connection with UV radiation. You should therefore avoid prolonged sunbathing or exposure to tanning salons for the duration of using Angelica. Some people may have an allergic reaction to angelica. People on anticoagulant medications should avoid the plant, as should diabetics, pregnant and breastfeeding women. The fresh root is considered poisonous, but cooked and glazed pieces of root and stem are used to decorate cakes and to flavor alcoholic beverages. Otherwise, no side effects are to be expected.

In folk medicine, the plant is considered a panacea, especially for the risk of infection and epidemics, which is why it was grown in the monastery gardens and elixirs and liqueurs (Benedictine, Chartreuse) were brewed from it, which were and are sold with great success.

The classic Swedish bitter comes from a Swedish doctor who ended up in the south during the 30 Years' War and is still known today. Angelica is appropriate wherever you can become infected.

The plant's protective powers must be of heavenly origin and, according to legend, an archangel descended in great distress and showed a pious hermit how to protect himself against the plague.

Angelica is a plant that was used in the Middle Ages to combat epidemics and has the same properties as verbena in sympathy magic. Whoever carries it with them is loved and adored by everyone; it protects those who love it. If someone has stage fright, an amulet made from the roots or a bouquet made from flowers will help them overcome their fear.

Due to its strong aromatic smell, it was long considered a remedy against witchcraft and was worn around the neck as an amulet to ward off evil forces.

Hildegard von Bingen: The juice or water of Angelica, placed in hollow teeth, calms the pain. When dripped into the ears, the juice relieves ear pain; when dropped into the eyes, it improves the face.

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