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Angelica, said scientifically speaking in a very similar way "Angelica archangelica”, Is a plant of the Umbelliferae family of which we also know others: fennel, celery, parsley. Such a beautiful name, however, has no equal, it is said that it derives from the fact that it was brought to Earth byArchangel Raphael.
To himself he thought he could do good to men, with his properties and, generous as an angel, in fact, he gave it to us so that we could make good use of it. So let's do it! Raphael, in Hebrew means "God's medicine", theAngelica it is consequently "divine medicine" and it is quite true if we consider its antispasmodic, calming and anti-inflammatory action and all the benefits it brings related to digestion.
Angelica: officinal plant
Between umbellifers this plant is among those with larger dimensions, it can even reach one and a half meters if left to grow. It has a long, fluff-free stem, robust and with numerous branches, green in color but streaked with red. The leaves of Angelica they have an oval, elongated shape, but they are not like lamellae, on the contrary.
We can also define them as wide and toothed, bright green above, lighter on the lower face. At the top of the plant, the flowers appear, white or greenish-yellow. As the category of plants it belongs to suggests, i flowers of Angelica they arrange themselves to form "umbrellas".
The ideal habitat of this plant is not our country, where we can only find it if we are lucky. It prefers north-eastern Europe, it grows in mountain valleys up to very high altitudes, it sits along the streams or in any case searches for humid places.
As mentioned, we can consider this plant a divine medicine with good reason, especially if we suffer from digestive problems or severe colds. The extracts of Angelica they are also highly recommended for calming menstrual pains and headaches. Its main properties are those antispasmodic, calming, carminative and digestive.It also plays a tonic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory action.
As for digestion, it's a lifesaver because it has a both relaxing, on the intestine, and carminative effect: this double action makes sure to avoid the formation of intestinal gas and helps those who suffer from irritable colon. If taken before meals, it stimulates the appetite ... but no indigestion otherwise we are all over again!
In case of colds and blockages, theAngelica acts as a corroborator and dissolves the phlegm facilitating its release. When we experience flu symptoms, before running to the doctor or taking drugs, if it's just a hint, we can pamper ourselves with an infusion and rely on the Archangel Raphael. Just 1 tablespoon of angelica root root boiled and left to infuse in a cup of water for about ten minutes, excellent even if sweetened with good honey. Maybe the Melissa. I remember that already a century BC Dioscorides recommended similar remedies for those who had lungs full of lumps of phlegm.
Another property that we were leaving out of this good plant is explicit when you buy its massage oil: adding drops of Angelica essential oil sweet almond oil produces an excellent compound for pain related to neuralgia and rheumatism.
Pregnant It is very important to avoid the intake of this plant and the same is true when breastfeeding, it is not recommended to use it even when exposed to sunlight because it contains phototoxic substances. Finally, if we are hypersensitive subjects, we could observe symptoms such as bleeding and laxative effects, or fever.
Unfortunately there is a certain similarity between our good and useful Angelica and the poisonous Hemlock, it is therefore necessary to be careful when picking a plant that “looks” like the former, to avoid damaging ourselves by actually assuming the latter. We should understand this in theory by the smell emanating from hemlock, similar to that of urine, but if we are wandering around in search Angelica for a cold we will also have a blocked nose. We must therefore sharpen our eyes, let's train with some photos.
Not only in the field of healthAngelica it has gained some respect. It is also used in the kitchen in various circumstances. The stems, for example, in pastry and confectionery are used as candied fruit, always the stems together with the seeds can be useful ingredients in the preparation of liqueurs, other tender parts are a creative condiment that gives flavor to salads and soups.
Also in cosmetics this plant is known: mixed with myrrh and diluted with pure alcohol at 95 ° it is used to prepare a deodorant. It is worthwhile to buy some seeds and dedicate ourselves to its cultivation, trying to make it settle in our garden. A sachet of 30 seeds, it costs less than € 3.50 and gives us a good dose of divine medicine that Raphael the Archangel did everything to make us have.
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