The name Angelica comes from the legend that this herb was discovered when an angel visited a human in a dream and provided the cure for bubonic plague. The Angelica plant grows mostly near the river banks of the Scandinavian countries as it requires a moist soil. The Angelica plant can grow up to seven feet in height and has a hollow stem and bright green leaves. Angelica has a unique aromatic odor like Musk and Juniper.
The Angelica is known to have many benefits such as:
Angelica is primarily known to provide relief during menstrual cramps and excessive bleeding.
Angelica is also said to help treat cardio-vascular diseases.
Angelica also aides the immunity system of a person if he or she chews dried angelica roots or drinks tea that is brewed from its dried roots.
Angelica is also known as a warming agent and is thus effectively used to cure cold, coughs and fever.
The Angelica plant is also said to have anti-bacterial properties and is used to treat various bacterial and fungal infections.
Angelica also helps in clotting of blood and is therefore given to persons who have met with accidents so as to reduce excessive blood loss.
Angelica is also said to help in cases of high blood pressure and arthritis.
The stems, seeds and roots of the Angelica plant boiled together is said to help during indigestion.
In spite of having so many advantages, Angelica is also said to have some disadvantages which are as follows:
The Angelica plant is said to have very low levels of toxicity and therefore should not be used by pregnant women or nursing mothers.
Regular consumers of Angelica should avoid excessive sun exposure as it can lead to rashes.
The use of Angelica should be restricted in case of excessive bleeding.
The fresh roots of Angelica plant should never be consumed directly.
Three to four grams of powdered Angelica roots can be taken by women suffering from acute menstrual cramps at least two to three times a day. The maximum dosage of Angelica in a week is thirty grams.