Angelica herb is a general-purpose herb that contains a wellspring of vitamins, volatile oils, and minerals. The elderly and children can use it safely; however, caution should be taken with fresh angelica root, which is poisonous when taken internally.
All portions of this plant can be used medicinally but the roots are commonly used to treat respiratory ailments.
Angelica is classified as an emmenagogue or substance that stimulates blood flow to the uterus and pelvic area and initiating menstruation. For thise reason, pregnant women should never take this herb.
As a general tonic for the circulatory system, Angelica is effective in lowering blood pressure and increasing body temperature. It is a specific treatment for Buerger’s disease, which causes narrowing of the peripheral arteries of the hands and feet.
Angelica has antibacterial properties to fight infections and is frequently used to treat fevers, colds and cough as well as colic.
It can be made into a poultice for inflammation and itching.
Also effective in treating digestive ailments, Angelica can be used as a gargle for sore throats.
Containing vitamin B-12, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, riboflavin, and a host of other minerals, Angelica has beneficial effects on the circulatory and respiratory systems.