Angelica archangelica (Apiaceae / Umbelliferae – Carrot)
Common Names: Angelica Root, Garden Angelica, Angelique, Archangel, European angelica, Masterwort, Root of the Holy Ghost, Wild Celery, Wild Parsnip
Description: Aromatic biennial herb growing to 6ft. (2m). Has ridged upright hollow stems, large bright green leaves and greenish-white flowers in umbels. Archangelica root is an herb native to eastern North America that has a variety of wonderful uses. The Archangelica Root herb, which is also known as Angelica archangelica, is a tall, stout plant with large white flowers. It grows to a height of between four and six feet, and is found from Ontario to Tennessee. It is a popular among organic herbs because it contains vitamins B12, fructose, glucose, magnesium, iron, potassium, thiamin, sucrose, zinc and trace minerals.
Cut and sifted archangelica root and archangelica root powder are largely used in the grocery trade, as well as for medicine, and are a popular flavoring for confectionery and liqueurs. The appreciation of its unique flavor was established in ancient times when saccharin matter was extremely rare. The use of the sweetmeat may have originated from the belief that the plant possessed the power of averting or expelling pestilence.
Common Medicinal Uses: The plant powder is commonly mixed into water and taken as a tonic. Archangelica Root powder is also commonly gargled and used as a face wash.
Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy.