angelica root

    Angelica is a plant and an herb.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Angelica archangelica and Angelica spp. (about 60 species)

    Common name: angelica

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

    The girl’s name Angelica is from the name of the flower, which is from the Latin angelicus (meaning angelic), from the Greek angelos (meaning messenger). Shakespeare named Juliet’s nurse Angelica in the play Romeo and Juliet. This name is Angelica in English and Italian, Angelika in German, Angelique in French, and Angyalka in Hungarian. There is also the modern English variant Anjelica.

    Family: Apiaceae (parsley) (Umbelliferae)

    Angelica is the largest plant in the Apiaceae family.


    History: In the European Middle Ages people believed that angelica was sacred to the angels because it typically bloomed on May 8th, the feast of St. Michael of the Christians.

part used:

    Angelica root and seeds used in medicinal decoctions.

    Part Used: Dried root.

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astrological correspondences:

    Astrological planet: Sun

magickal correspondences and uses:

    Incense: Healing incense

    Gender: masculine (traditional western European magickal gender)

    Western element: fire

    Magickal uses: divination, healing incense, inner vision, longevity, psychic self-defense, protection

    Sprinkle angelica around your home to ward off negativity.

    Use angelica in ritual bathes.

    Solar spells: Angelica (as an herb) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to solar matters. Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. See the article on the Sun for a list of herbal substitutes for angelica.

    Magickal substitutions: Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.

Magical Uses
Used in spells for protection, particularly the protection of infants and children and for visions. Also used for breaking hexes, exorcism. Ruling Element: Fire Grow in gardens as a protection, Carry the root with you as an amulet. Burn the dried leaves in exorcism rituals.

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ritual uses:

    Ritual uses: Use angelica in ritual bathes.

deities associated with angelica:

essential oil:

    Essential Oil: Angelica root essential oil can be used for both aromatherapy and magick.
    Method of Extraction: steam distilled (true essential oil)
    Color: pale yellow or cream
    Consistency: thin
    Perfumery Note: base
    Strength of Initial Aroma: medium to strong
    Aromatic Description: fresh, herbaceous, peppery, woody
    Constituents: a-pinned, camphene, B-pinene, sabinene, d-3-carene, a-phellandrene, myrcene, limonene, B-phellandrene, cis-ocimene, trans-ocimene, p-cymene, terpinolene, copaene, bornyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol, cryptone, B-bisabolene, humulene monoxide, tridecanolide, pentadecanolide
    Aromatherapy Uses: dull skin, exhaustion, gout, psoriasis, toxin build-up, water retention
    Safety Information: Phototoxic (do not expose area of application to sunlight for at least 24 hours); avoid during pregnancy, avoid if have diabetes, do not eat celeric or celery when taking angelica root or angelica root essential oil. See also health notes below.

    Using essential oils: Essential oils are just too concentrated and too expensve to use without dilution. If you purchase pure essential oil from a source such as Mountain Rose, you will want to place just a drop or two into a neutral carrier vegetable oil or jojoba. This conservation is typical of the use of essential oils in spells and other magick. It is wise to test a bit of any essential oil on your inner wrist before use. If any irritation occurs, do not use the essential oil. Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets and away from heat and light. See the article on essential oils for detailed information on how to mix and use essential oils.

    Reliable source: Mountain Rose is a reliable source of organic angelic root essential oil.

health care uses:

    Health Notice: Attempting to be an amateur doctor is potentially dangerous to your health. This web page is not professional medical advice. Nothing on this website should be considered as a substitute or replacement for professional medical advice. Persons should seek the advice of qualified health providers. Self-medication should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care. Please confirm all self-medication with your doctor or health care professional. See the article on healing for recommended healers.

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    Ayurvedic Doshas: VPK= (in excess) VK- P+ Pitta balanced; Kapha balanced; Vata balanced; in excess: Pitta increases; Kapha decreases; Vata decreases
    Part Used: root

    For more information, see the article on Ayurvedic medicine.

medicinal tea:

    Medicinal tea: Root is prepared in a tea by decoction.

    A decoction of angelica roots or angelica seeds will help with an upset stomach.

    A decoction of angelica roots or angelica seeds will help relieve insomnia.

    A decoction of angelica roots or angelica seeds will help relieve headaches (one teaspoon of plant to one cup of water).

    Culpepper claimed that the angelica plant should be harvested when the moon is in Leo for maximum potency.

Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.

    Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).

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