May 19, 2012

Health benefits of Garden Angelica

Popular names: Holy Ghost, Wild Celery, and Norwegian angelica. A special plant that is very rarely found in the spontaneous flora, but that is extensively cultivated for its effects in different conditions. It is very useful in many conditions, but it can be consumed even by those who suffer of no disease for its special effects on the organism. The Chinese call it Dong-Quoi and also recommend it for many conditions.

Traditionally: the plant is cultivated to be used in pharmacies, in the alcoholic beverages industry and for preparation of appetizers and liquors. It was also a remedy for "strengthening the heart", as an expectorant and for calming stomach aches.

With the decoct mixed with vinegar, massages and baths were made against back pain and rheumatics. The root stalk and fruits mashed in yeast brandy were taken as treatment against internal conditions and as a gastric tonic.

The cataplasms from leaves anointed with rue leaves and honey were placed on snake and dog bites, after the blood was squeezed out of the wound.

Chemical composition of Garden Angelica

The root stalk and the roots have a spicy smell and bitter-sweet taste and contain volatile oil 1%, rich in aromatic cyclic hydrocarbons, cumarin and furanocoumarin, angelic and valerianic acid, malic acid, angelin, starch, lactones, iron oxide, bitter substances, resins, tannin, sucrose, pectin.

Pharmaceutical action of Garden Angelica

Gastric tonic and calming for abdominal pain. This plant can enhance the activity of female and masculine hormones and also set all the glands in the organism.

It is not recommended for women with a menses too abundant, because it helps exactly to hurry the menses (a decoct of seeds is consumed in amounts of 3 cups a day).

It is a stimulant for appetite and it is helpful especially for anorexia of a mental nature.

This plant can be used for the following medical conditions: gastric acidity, intestinal and stomach conditions, aphrodisiac, acne, dizziness, angastric acidity, chest angina, anemia, anorexia, heart arythmia, arthritis, neurotic asthma, nervous disease, acute or chronic bronchitis, hot flashes, bulimia, cephalalgia, cancer, constipation, bruises, cosmetics, convalescence, uterine cramps, hormonal disorders especially female glands, diabetes, difficult digestion, indigestion, menstrual pain, neurovegetative disturbances, rheumatic pain, back and muscular pain, endometritis, enteritis, skin eruptions, intestinal ferments, gastritis, flu, chronic hepatitis, viral hepatitis, internal hemorrhage, high blood pressure, hypo menorrhea, impotence, indigestion, insomnia, delays in mental development, premature aging especially for women, irritations, hysteria, injuries of the skin, stomach and intestinal injuries, menopause (it helps the productions of estrogen and the lubrication of the uterus and also to a glandular adjustment), migraines, birth (it eases birth relaxing the muscles in the uterus and the ones in the intestines), nephritis, headaches, paralysis, prurigo, wounds, psoriasis (externally and internally consume celery and carrot then lie in the sun), rheumatics, wound sclerosis, swoons, general weakness, vaginal spasms, female and male sterility, stomatitis, stress, tumors, menses disorders, tuberculosis, stomach ulcer, skin ulcerations, vaginitis, shingles.

Of course these are the most significant uses for this plant; as stated before, this plant can be administered in any condition, especially when there is no clear diagnostic and a quick action is demanded. It is why everyone should have this plant around in the house. To keep it for a longer period of time, prepare a tincture from it and you can keep it up to 2 years, being very easy to use. Also, as a tincture, it works very fast, entering the blood stream in as little as 15 minutes from the administration.

It is also important to note that the plant also has a lovely flavor and it can be used to season foods, giving them a more refined taste.

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