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Angelica (atropurpurea)

Angelica (atropurpurea) | Photo: Peter Gorman

The Angeliki [Angelica SP] is a genus with many species (about 60 species) from tall aromatic plant with large white blossoms that normally thrives in the entire northern hemisphere. Arrive at a height of over one metre, and up 3 some types of measures. Interesting are the Angelica archangelica (European) Angelica atropurpurea (American) and Angelica polymorpha var. sinensis (Chinese). In Herbal Treatment important is the Angelica atropurpurea (typical for the pink and red color on the shoot, Hence the name “purpurea”) You can see the names of all the important items in the Wikipedia.

Some varieties of angelic is considered to be powerful herbs with rich properties. It is an herb with a strong aroma that is used over the herbal medicine and to manufacture alcoholic beverages but also in pastry. In Greece, treatment is primarily the native “Wild Angelica” [Angelica pubescens] that grows next to streams and find in many areas, While the calming variety can grow well in large pot, giving us the possibility to cultivate even on the balcony of our House. It is a handsome Broadleaf Bush (or small tree) You can reach the 3 meters high and about the same in width.

Angelica (pubescens)

Angelica (pubescens) | Photo: Axel Kristinsson

Generally thin in the shade while they grow with full sunshine become more furled. In both cases the plant Gets a vertical rounded form with branches spanning aktinoeidws around each stem.

The unique properties of the have highlighted on "top of medicinal plants". Not unfairly, as the archangelic is so valuable and unknown to many.

Every fiber of archangelic used for therapeutic purposes, from the root to the leaves and the seeds when it is ripe, but the flowers when they are blooming. Useful parts of the plant are the roots, the stems and seeds.

The leaves of the picking up in summer and xirainoyme to have all year round. The root, gathered in the fall.

Tthe herb that is said to be so named because o Archangel Michael Once occurred in’ a monk and revealed the medicinal properties since as said cure the plague. Since then believed the angelic protected from evil and infectious diseases and blooms in the feast of the Archangel. The famous herbalist-astrologer of the 17th century Nicholas Kalpeper the constituted in various diseases from dog bite as gout.
This herb was also dedicated to pagan gods and it appeared to Pagan feasts.


The angelica plant is antifysitiko, digestive, antispasmodic and has general tonic. Also has antibacterial properties, antifungal and diuretic. Regulates menstruation and relieves pains, It is also a laxative gases, stimulus, stimulant of digestion and blood circulation, also used as a cardiotonic and beneficial to the eyes. Can be used as a tonic in cases of fatigue, anemia and alarm disposal. Anticonvulsant and is also helpful in cases of migraine but also becoming inflated with gas and pains of the period. Has apochremptikes properties, so I used in bronchitis, pleyritides and colds. Finally considered soothing in cases of gastric acidity, colitis and asthma and intestine.


Angeliki | Photo: James Gaither

Decoction (Angelica tea): In internal use, given in decoction against xinilas of stomach, against indigestion, in cough, in cases of anorexia, ulcers of the stomach, while leading and expectoration.

Boil a teaspoon root or seeds for every cup of water. Leave for 10-15 minutes, strain and drink a Cup after eating one-twice a day.

Beverage with essential oil: We can dissolve 20 drops of essential oil archangelic in water and consume before eating while

Compresses with Angelica: In outdoor use, use pommadas format for soothing massaging, in cases of rheumatism, Arthritis and skin disorders. If you suffer from rheumatism, arthritis, skin or muscle sprains, We can use compresses archangelic or do rubbing tincture.

Angelica poultice: Angelica leaves are used effectively with poultices where contusions, but when dry plant, the leaves lose their usefulness for poultices .

It is also used against pleyriti, cleanses urine, While it is beneficial in chronic pulmonary catarrh., given anti-colic, of colds, fever, poisoning and anemia.

Side effects and precautions


Photo: Tim Waters

The juice of the archangelic but also the essential oil should not come into contact with the eyes. Also the archangelic in large doses can affect our stress but also the functioning of the heart and breathing. That's why the afepsima of you must drink for two weeks, to stop for two and then start again, While you should always follow the correct dosage. The foot bath or a bath with Angelica should not exceed 3 with 4 minutes otherwise it causes eye irritation. You still need to stay ' loyal ' to the dosage as overconsumption may cause disturbances in pressure and breathing. Generally we recommend a claim does not exceed in duration the two weeks. In any case, consult an expert

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