, also known as Garden Angelica, Archangel
, is a native to Eastern N. America from Newfoundland to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Delaware, Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee.
is a very powerful medicinal herb that has been used for centuries. Angelica
was held in such esteem that it was called 'The Root of the Holy Ghost.' Ancient herbalists believed that if you chewed on the Angelica
root that it would not only cure many diseases, but also protect you against evil and witchcraft. In the US, it was used by the Iroquois and other Indian tribes as Witchcraft Medicine.
roots are smashed and used to remove spirits from a house.
plant has a sweet taste similar to celery. Angelica stems are often preserved with sugar for a sweet edible treat. The stems and leaves taste great in salads. Nutritionally, Angelica
is highly beneficial. Angelica
root contains vitamin B12, Zinc, Thiamin, Sucrose, Riboflavin, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Fructose, Glucose, and many other trace minerals. The young shoots are edible in salad or boiled as a pot herb.
is used as a medicinal gargle for sore throats and mouths and as a applied in the form of a poultice for broken bones, swellings, itching and rheumatism. An infusion of Angelica
root is said to prevent and clear up acne break out when used as a face wash. A powder made from the dried root is used for athlete’s foot, as well as an insecticide and pesticide.
Tiger Swallow Tail caterpillars love Angelica
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