Perennial plant that lives in north-eastern Europe, the Angelica, cannot survive in all areas of Italy but only in those of the Apennines in cool and sunny areas but not excessively ventilated. It also reaches a height of two meters and belongs to the Apiacee family. In Europe there are about 30 different species of angelica. It is an elegant plant with an erect style, has a greenish color and fairly broad leaves, fruits are brown and contain two seeds. Angelica silvestris is a variety of Angelica officinalis but does not have the same properties. It is found in almost the entire peninsula but it is not scented as the original Angelica has the same color as the flowers that are between pink and whitish. The Angelica plant, in the Renaissance, was known as Erba degli arcangeli because it seems to have very powerful healing powers especially when the old continent was hit by epidemics.
The virtues of plants
The therapeutic principles of the plant are found in the roots that contain elements such as coffee and chlorogenic acid, coumarins, furacumarine and essential oil. The beneficial properties of the plant are tonic and antispasmodic plus some psyche disorders are treated. The roots are also used to treat insomnia. The alcoholic extract of the plant seems to have an effect also on Candida Albicans which is a fungal disease. Given the presence of polyenines, it seems that by performing external baths, there is a soothing effect on rheumatic pains. The essential oil extracted from the roots, due to the strong presence of coumarins and furacumarians, gives an immediate calming action on gastric pain caused by swelling and colic. If you have colds, it seems that you can dissolve the phlegm and a complete bath in a solution with oil, it allows an abundant sweating that causes the fever to drop suddenly. In addition, a few drops of essential oil placed on the pillow, breathe better and help fight insomnia, especially that of children. During a trip it is useful for nausea and car sickness.
Cultivation of the Angelica
Angelica finds the natural habitat, in those moist soils at the right point, well drained and rich in organic and nutritious substances. The plant has the characteristic of resisting even very cold winters and frost. If at each vegetative restart the soil is subjected to manure fertilization, the plant can be cultivated quietly because its roots find an ideal dwelling in a land treated in that way. The plant that reaches quite considerable heights, should not be cultivated in pots but directly on the ground and its propagation takes place by seeds. It is important to handle the angelica with caution because some juices contained in it cause skin irritation.
The herbal teas prepared with L'Angelica
Especially in the catarrhous bronchitis, an Angelica herbal tea is very useful, which is prepared by adding to it also some thyme that is put in the cup in the quantity of a couple of teaspoons. Boiling water is poured on the herbs, left to cool and sipped. The herbal tea also manages to thin the stagnant mucus. Its taste is very bitter but it is sufficient to sweeten the mixture with honey. Also ideal for halitosis which also involves an annoying stomach ache, the herbal tea of Angelica drunk for a few weeks at least three times a day, is able to eliminate this annoying inconvenience. By drinking two or three cups a day for several weeks, several chronic pains are also alleviated. Adding the dell'Equiseto to Angelica in the bath tub with plenty of hot water it is possible to make relaxing baths that calm pains in the muscles and joints. You have to soak in warm water for at least 20 minutes and the skin absorbs the beneficial virtues of the two medicinal plants.
The seeds and leaves of Angelica
Besides the herbal teas sold directly in herbal medicine, the angelica is used in the form of seeds or dried leaves with other medicinal herbs. Also useful in pregnancy when it is necessary to reduce the use of traditional medicines, the seeds left in infusion in a liter of hot water, make almost all illnesses pass. In the case of Lipotimia which causes bothersome fainting and ringing in the ears, it is useful to drink melissa and angelica water. In case of wounds, just prepare a decoction with angelica leaves in a liter of water. When it is warm, you can wash the wounds that will be disinfected. Drinking an infusion prepared with 40 grams of Angelica leaves in a liter of water, thinness is also fought, just drink a glass before the main meals. With 5 grams of Angelica leaves in a liter of hot water left to infuse for a few minutes, menstrual pain is calmed.