Hello! And welcome to the 2016 A-Z CHALLENGE!!
* confetti *
This year, I’m blogging my way through a botanical alphabet.
I hope you enjoy your time here and by all means,
come back tomorrow and see what plant I’m highlighting! Cheers!!
angelica atropurpurea, a. archangelica
aka: alexanders, american dong qui, wild archangel
photo found at www.botanical.com
With Angelica's large, white flowers and tall, elegant stems, it's easy to see why legend tells us the plant's healing properties were revealed to a monk in a dream by an angel. Perhaps because of this angelic association the plant was believed to protect against evil spirits and witchcraft. The Iroquois tribes of North America used an infusion of the smashed roots as a wash to banish ghosts from homes.
The young shoots are edible and taste a bit like celery. The stems can be preserved in sugar and candied. Medicinally, Angelica has been used for upper respiratory issues, digestive trouble, and as a topical poultice for wounds and bites. Tradition holds Angelica as a tonic for women and children but should not be taken in large doses by pregnant women as it can cause abortion.
If you do harvest the roots for use, make sure you dry them thoroughly. The fresh root is poisonous. Interesting, isn't it? An angelic plant that can both heal and kill. A possible Angel of Death, perhaps?
All research references can be found in my Library of Botanical Miscellany.
These posts are in NO WAY medical suggestions. They are intended for informational purposes only.
If you are interested in pursuing natural, herbal remedies, get thee to a reputable herb shop (preferably one that is locally and independently owned and operated) and get educated!
It’s ridiculous that anyone writing about herbal and traditional remedies should have to put a disclaimer at the end of anything.
Use your brain and think for yourself! Just as you shouldn't take a pharmaceutical at face value,
do your herbal research and learn about the amazing plants around us.