(Angelica archangelica)

The plague ravaged China in the 1330s, and arrived to Europe in October of 1347, when 12 Genoese ships docked in Messina, Sicily. Over the next 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 Charles II. It was named after him – Angelica archangelica, also known as angelica, shiviz, wild pyrethrum, the Root of the Holy Spirit…

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, old and anorexic, it gives strength, strengthens the muscles, cleanses the blood and eliminates toxins from the body. It is a great stimulant, much better than coffee and energy drinks because it provides energy without negative effects, insomnia and irritability. It improves memory and sharpens hearing and vision. Its tinctures help with cough, laryngitis, bronchitis and pneumonia. It is also used for indigestion and bloating. Angelica root contains phytoestrogens, so it is especially recommended against painful menstruation and menopausal symptoms.

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