The plague which ravaged China in the 1330s arrived in Europe in October 1347, when 12 Genoese ships docked in Messina, Sicily. Over the following five years, more than 20 million Europeans died from the disease, and the population shrank by as much as a third. Archangel Michael appeared to a monk in a dream and pointed his finger at a plant that had the power to cure the cruel disease. The plant proved to be effective, and became part of the royal recipe of English King Charles II. It was named after the archangel – Angelica archangelica, also known as garden angelica or wild celery.
Angelica contains acids, resins, phytosterols and angelicin. Its essential oils and extracts contain extremely high amounts of coumarin, which has a mild sedative effect. Angelica is great for the recovery of the sick, the elderly and those who suffer from anorexia, it gives strength, strengthens muscles, cleanses the blood and eliminates toxins from the body. It is a great stimulant, much better than coffee and energy drinks as it provides energy without causing negative effects, such as insomnia and irritability. It improves memory and sharpens hearing and vision. Its tinctures help with coughs, laryngitis, bronchitis and pneumonia. It is also used for indigestion and bloating. Angelica root contains phytoestrogens, so it is especially recommended to be used against painful menstruation and menopausal symptoms.
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