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There are many reasons to consider the use of Angelica. Angelica (Archangelica Angelica) belongs to the family Umbelliferae. This healing plant is native to northern Europe, from Germany and upward. Since the Middle Ages people would use this herb, especially in rituals and ceremonies of the time. Angelica is a wild plant that grows near streams, in ravines or humid areas. If it is in a suitable field it can reach 2 feet tall. The Angelica plant blooms in April.
It is very good for digestive problems and stomach ulcers because it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices. This makes a the best herbal tea as it has diuretic properties, very good to combat fluid retention, and it is great to relieve menstrual cramps. This plant can be made into a herbal remedy for anxiety as it acts as a calming agent. Besides the digestive system, this plant is good for the respiratory system. The entire plant can be useful for not only herbal remedies but also a good nutritional source.
- The leaves and the fruits are great to prepare many liqueurs and elixirs are prepared to help with stomach problems.
- Relieves headaches and dizziness
- It acts as a nerve calming
- Improves lung mucosa and soothes the nervous asthma.
An All Around Good Herb
Angelica, also commonly called Holy Spirit, or wild celery is a plant that grows in the wild; however, it is cultivated for the special effects it has on health. Be conscious not to exceed its suggested intake. You will love Angelica because its roots have specific properties to combat respiratory problems. It is an excellent tonic for the circulatory system, so it reduces blood pressure and body temperature. This plant has antibacterial properties that are very useful in combating infections. As a poultice is very effective against inflammation and tingles. It contains Vitamin B-12 and a number of minerals that supply a beneficial effect on the respiratory and circulatory system in general. If you are hunting the herb on your own, please take along someone educated in botany as this plant is very similar to many others which can be deadly.
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