Also known as arcangélica, herb-de-spirit-holy and hyacinth-of-India, angelica is an herbaceous plant that usually measures between one and two meters in height. With the scientific name Angelica sylvestris L. , the plant has an intense and pleasant aroma, thick and fluted stem, at the ends of which are its flowers.
Properties and benefits
Tonic and stimulant of the functions of the digestive system, angelica tea has sedative action, balancing the nervous system, digestive and spasmolytic. Among its benefits are the elimination of intestinal gas and fermentation, increased secretion of gastric juices, increased appetite, combating depression, neurosis and nervous weakness. In addition, it can be used in case of sagging or atonic stomach, in addition to migraines caused by food and poor digestion.
It can also help in the elimination of retained fluids, consequently helping with weight loss. It reduces nausea and the need to vomit, combats digestive problems, intestinal pain, cramps and asthma. When applied externally, angelica helps reduce bone pain, caused by rheumatism, for example.
In addition, the plant that is used to smell confectionery and to ferment bitter beers, can also be used to treat anorexia, bronchitis and cramps.
Your tea can be prepared with the proportion of 20g of angelica roots for each liter of water. In a container, bring the water to the fire and then add the herb roots. When it comes to a boil, leave the mixture on the fire for a little longer, between 10 and 15 minutes. Then turn off the heat and cover the mixture. Expect to warm, strain and consume. The recommended dose is one to three cups a day, consumed with spaces between one dose and another.
Precautions and contraindications
Angelica cannot be consumed in excess, as in high doses it has high toxicity and can cause paralysis of the nervous system and skin cancer. With contact followed by exposure to the sun, it can cause dermatitis, which increases the evolution of skin cancer. Consumption should not be done by patients with ulcers, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, in addition to children with neurological problems such as epilepsy and patients with signs or who already have Parkinson’s disease.
Before consuming any medication, even if natural, consult a doctor and analyze drug interactions, as even plants can interfere with the functioning of other medications that are being consumed by the patient.