Angelica Root contains many vitamins and minerals like Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and many other trace minerals. Angelica (Angelica Archangelic) is also known as Garden Angelica, Archangel, Masterwort, Bellyache Root, Root of the Holy Ghost, The Angel’s Herb. Angelica is believed to be a native of Syria and many cool European and Asian climates. It is occasionally found in cold and moist places in Scotland, Lapland and Iceland. There are close to thirty types of Angelica, but only this one is used for medicinal purposes. Angelica is a perennial plant. It has bright green lobed leaves which are divided into three sections. The thick stem is hollow and ridged. The plant flowers during July and August of the second year and the flowers are greenish-white in color. The seeds are rigid and oval. The plant grows up to 6 feet and is highly scented. The main constituents of Angelica are angelic acid, volatile oils, valeric acid, scopoletin, safrole, linoleic acid and angelicin.
Angelica root is mostly used in the treatments of coughs, fever, abdominal pain and many other stomach disorders. It is used for obstructed menses and should not be taken in large quantities by pregnant women. Angelica root also prevents growth of bacteria. Gargle of Angelica used for sore throats and mouth. This is also used for rheumatism, swellings, broken bones and it prevents acne.
Generally it is used as an expectorant and useful for feverish conditions where it causes excessive sweating. Boiled roots of angelica can be applied externally to speed the healing. Tea made from Angelica helps in digestion, pain from deep cough, menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections, boils, furuncles and swollen gums.