It also eases intestinal colic and flatulence, stimulates appetite and may be used in anorexia nervosa. It is helpful in easing rheumatic inflammations and acts as a urinary antiseptic in cystitis (bladder infection).
It contains a variety of chemicals which have medicinal actions. Research reveals several health benefits of angelica extract and supports a few of the traditional uses for this long respected herb. These researchers also found that angelica relaxes the intestines, supporting its use to maintain digestive complaints.
Chewing on angelica or drinking tea brewed from it will cause local anesthesia. It has been shown to be effective against various bacteria, fungal and even viral infections. Externally, angelica can be used as a poultice for eyes, and as a hot compress for gout.
Japanese researchers reported that this herb has anti-inflammatory effects used in treating arthritis. And research from China reports suggest this herb increases red blood cell counts. This could prove to be beneficial in treating anemia. They also reported it increases the ability to clot blood. This is good news for people with clotting impairments, however, anyone at risk for heart disease should avoid this herb.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, angelica supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
It is unique for its pervading aromatic odor, a pleasant perfume, entirely differing from fennel, parsley, anise, caraway, or chervil.
Angelica roots are poisonous. Thoroughly drying them eliminates the hazard. Herb gardeners should always be sure roots are dry before using them. In the wild this herb resembles the herb, water hemlock, an extremely poisonous plant. They are very easy to confuse.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Vitamins A, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), folic acid (B9), B12, E, fructose, glucose, sucrose, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Angelica grows to the height of 8 feet and resembles celery. It is biennial. It grows from seeds or root divisions. Germination could take a month. Sow it in the fall or spring ½ inch deep in well prepared beds. Allow 2 feet in each direction. It thrives in rich, moist, well drained, slightly acidic soil in partial shade.
Other herbs with anti-asthmatic actions include astragalus, black cohosh, coltsfoot, comfrey, garlic, mullein, and tea.
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