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Angelica: medicinal properties and uses

Anxiety, slow digestion, flatulence and gas, headache, swollen belly …. They are very common ailments or disorders that affect our body and at the same time annoying that, luckily, we can improve with medicinal plants, in this case with Angelica, and regain health.

In this article I tell you what Angelica is good for, how it is used and its possible contraindications. You will know the most important thing about this healing plant.

What is Angelica?

Angelica, Angelica archangelica , is a medicinal plant also known by the name carlina, Herb of angels or ajonjonera .

It is a biennial plant native to Europe and grows spontaneously in hot and humid climates. Angelica can reach 2 meters in height, has petioled leaves and small flowers that we can see from spring to autumn. It grows spontaneously in sunny places.

What parts of the Angelica are used? The dried and ground roots, stems, leaves, seeds and fruits of this medicinal herb are mainly used for medicinal purposes. For best results, always choose organic Angelica .

We continue to know this plant, about the properties, benefits of its use for health and in which home remedies it is used.

Medicinal properties of Angelica

Among the therapeutic qualities of this herb are the following:

  • Stomach
  • Antifungal
  • Digestive
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant
  • Carminative
  • Painkiller
  • Relaxing
  • Antibacterial
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Kidney protector
  • Antipyretic.

angelica Benefits and uses of Angelica, Angelica archangelica

What is Angelica good for? Below you can see for which cases it can be useful to take the infusion of Angelica:

  • Relieves stomach cramps
  • It is an excellent plant for digestive disorders
  • Has diuretic action
  • Helps eliminate gases
  • Promotes the expulsion of mucus and phlegm
  • Accelerates the recovery of colds and flu
  • It is indicated in cases of stress and nerves
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Relieves rheumatic pain
  • Fight iron deficiency anemia
  • Helps to lower fever
  • Facilitates digestions
  • Traditionally it has been used against headaches
  • Improves cases of bronchitis
  • Activates blood circulation
  • It is effective against anxiety episodes
  • Fight fungi
  • Protects the liver by promoting its proper functioning
  • Relieves motion sickness when traveling by car
  • Urinary infections
  • It is very good for insomnia
  • Relieves headaches
  • In gastronomy, angelica is used to give aroma to both sweet dishes (cakes, biscuits, jams, creams, compotes, muffins, cookies, etc.), as well as soups, salads or liqueurs and wines.

Home remedies with Angelica

As external use:

* If you take a bath with a few drops of the essential oil of this plant, it will help you recover from physical weakness and you will feel much better.

* Rubs with this plant help relieve neuralgia and rheumatism due to the combination of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect.

As internal use:

* Taking an infusion or Angelica tea after meals we help the digestive process of food. This way we not only manage to better absorb the nutrients from food, but we also avoid a bloated belly and gas.

* For all other diseases or disorders, such as anxiety, colic, headache, etc. the Angelica is taken in infusion.

How to prepare the infusion of Angelica

You just have to follow a few simple steps to take advantage of the benefits of this herb.

  1. Put a teaspoon of angelica root in a cup
  2. Add boiling water (about 200 ml, the equivalent of a cup or glass)
  3. Cover and let stand 5-10 minutes
  4. Filter and drink little by little when it cools down to room temperature.

You can sweeten this drink if you want.

It can be taken between one and three cups a day.

Angelica infusion or tea is not only for internal consumption, it can also be applied externally, once it has cooled down.

Angelica root infusion is the traditional way to consume this plant.

We always recommend the use of Ecological Medicinal Plants that have been grown naturally, without pesticides. That is why we have toxic-free plants in the Ecological Shop of ECOagricultor .

Contraindications of Angelica

The use of medicinal plants could have adverse effects.

It should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Nor is the use of medicinal plants recommended in children.

As with any medicinal plant, it is recommended to take for a maximum of two weeks in a row and leave a week off in the case in which you want to take it again.

In case of being under pharmacological treatment, you should always consult your doctor / pharmacist before taking medicinal plants to avoid negative interactions between drugs and medicinal plants.

It is recommended that the use of medicinal plants be guided by a professional.

Before taking any medicinal plant, consult a health professional who can recommend the best option in your personal case and who can provide you with guidelines for use based on your needs and your medical history.

Consulted bibliography

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15180579
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12711833

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