Angelica Root: Top 6 Herbal Benefits and Uses [2018 Findings]

Adored for its scent and edible roots, Angelica is a biennial herb that thrives in the damp soils in the Northern parts of the world. It’s from the Apiaceae family and often called Norwegian Angelica or Wild Celery.

The roots and the stems of the plant are the ones commonly used as alternative medicine. These parts are edible as well. The fruits are also used but everybody uses them for making alcoholic beverages.

Although popularly used in the perfume industry since ancient times, the plant has become increasingly famous all over the world for its medicinal applications. In fact, today it is grown in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, and Iceland. It has also been introduced in France, Germany, Rome, and in South East Asian countries like Thailand.

Because of its worldwide popularity among alternative health enthusiasts, it is known today by many different names:

  • American Angelica
  • Angelica acutiloba
  • Angelica archangelica
  • Angelica atropurpurea
  • Angelica curtisi
  • Angelica Dahurica
  • Angelica officinalis
  • Angelica sylvestris
  • Angelicae Dahuricae Radix
  • Angelicae Fructus
  • Angelicae Herba
  • Angelicae Radix
  • Archangelicae radix
  • Bai Zhi
  • Dang Gui (Sinensis (Danggui)
  • Danggui Buxue Tang
  • Dong Quai
  • Du Huo
  • Garden Angelica
  • European Angelica
  • Herbe aux Anges
  • Herbe du Saint-Esprit
  • Japanese Angelica
  • Racine du Saint Esprit
  • Radix Angelicae Dahuricae

Angelica Root Herb Benefits

  1. Heartburn
  2. Anorexia
  3. Arthritis
  4. Circulatory and respiratory problems
  5. Insomnia
  6. Nerve pain, joint pain, and skin disorders (applied to skin)

The other medicinal uses of Angelica root are for:

  • Treatment of premature ejaculation
  • Improve in sex drive
  • Start of delayed menstruation
  • Treatment of dysmennorhea
  • Increase of urine production

Dyspepsia can be treated using Angelica, especially if mixed with other alternative medicines such as peppermint leaf, clown’s mustard plant, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, milk thistle, celandine, and lemon balm. This mixture has been found to relieve the body from dyspepsia and its symptoms.

Another popular application of this herbal root is in treating premature ejaculation.

Decoctions of herbal Angelica flower root has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine for aiding in better blood circulation.

Anyone who is suffering from dyspepsia or gastrointestinal problems may benefit from the use of Angelica root because of beneficial chemical compounds including polysaccharides from its essential oil. Ongoing research is being done on its possible uses in disease prevention.

Note that this herb may not be suited for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Consult your doctor before using this herb.

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  1. There are lots and lots and lots and lots of plants that look like chamomile.

    * Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is small (except for the ones I saw in Japan – they were weird, the size of a mayweed! I had to crush a flower to smell it, open it to look for the hollow – yes, it’s chamomile alright.), annual, with dill-like leaves (but not a lot of them), a flower that gets taller and taller, white petals that fold back as the flower matures, and, as the flower matures, it gets hollow. Very nice scent.

    * If it’s generally bigger than chamomile, more of the dill-like leaves, no hollow flower, and smells bad, you have a mayweed (Tripleurospermum spp.). Can’t be used like chamomile – AFAIK, that is.

    * Pineapple weed is scented just like chamomile, has no white rayflowers (petals), and is a very small plant. (Matricaria matricarioides). Can be used like chamomile.

    * Roman chamomile has much bigger flowers than chamomile, doesn’t have the hollow flower, and, to me, smells strange. Certainly not like chamomile. Can be used like chamomile.

    Other leaf-forms: you can almost call the lot DDC – damn daisylike compositae. “DYC” (Damn Yellow Compositae) is an approved botanical term – just ask any botany student, or any former botany student… but there’s quite a lot of these daisy-like lookalikes (to the uninitiated), too. Enough to warrant that D*C, anyway: you tear your hair out when you try to determine which you have – and that goes doubly for garden varieties, which can be pretty much anything really.

    Try, for instance, feverfew (a bitter, and used for migraines, among other things), marguerite daisy (Argyranthemum frutescens)(don’t know if can be used for anything), oxeye daisy (I use this one for urinary tract troubles, and for the lymphatic system), daisy or English daisy (Bellis perennis) (edible – put flowers or leaf into your salad… if you don’t have a dog, that is.).

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