Angelica is a plant and an herb.
- botanical information
- part used
- astrological correspondences
- magick correspondences and uses
- ritual uses
- Goddesses and deities
- essential oil
- health care
- Ayurvedic herbalism
- medicinal teas
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 girls 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 Juliets 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.
Angelica root and seeds used in medicinal decoctions.
Part Used: Dried root.
Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs
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.
Ritual uses: Use angelica in ritual bathes.
deities associated with angelica:
- Hecate (Greek Goddess)
- Hestia (angelica perfume) (Greek Goddess)
- Vesta (angelica perfume) (Roman Goddess)
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
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.
For more information, see the article on Ayurvedic medicine.
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).
See also: herbs