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Angelica: The Herb of Angels

Author: Solstice Moon

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Angelica, from seed your beauty weaves,

Strong stems and healing leaves.

I ask your blessings to bestow,

As I nurse and watch you grow.



From morning's dew through afternoon,

To ray of stars and midnight's moon.

Michael comes upon this day,

To watch you grow and watch you play.



We call on you for health and hex,

For protection so complex.

Heal thy stomach and thy liver,

Angelica, your gifts deliver.



To break a hex and give protection,

Also used for introspection.

Mother Earth, watch over thee,

As I will, So Mote it Be.

-M.L. Benton Copyright © 2001





Angelica




Botanical: Angelica Archangelica (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Umbelliferae
Species: Wild, sweet, bush/greek, lettuce leaf, lemon,
licorice, cinnamon, holy, camphor, opal, anise,
green ruffles and purple ruffles

Also called: Archangel, Masterwort
Planetary: Sun
Astrological: Leo
Gods: Atlantis, the Archangel Michael
Goddess: Sophia
Element: Fire
Tarot: Strength

WARNING: Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.
Not recommended for persons taking blood thinning agents.
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight if taking internally.

Parts Used: Stalk, Leaves and Roots

Medicinal Properties: The root stalks, leaves and fruit possess
carminative, stimulant, diaphoretic, stomachic, tonic and
expectorant properties.

Magickal Properties: Protection Hex Breaking, Inspiration,
Visions and Meditations

Culinary Uses: Breads,Teas, Soups, Stews, Candy, Vinegars,
Dressings


Description:



The roots of the Common Angelica are long and spindle-shaped, thick and fleshy - large specimens weighing sometimes as much as three pounds - and are beset with many long, descending rootlets. The stems are stout fluted, 4 to 6 feet high and hollow. The foliage is bold and pleasing, the leaves are on long stout, hollow footstalks, often 3 feet in length, reddish purple at the much dilated, clasping bases; the blades, of a bright green colour, are much cut into, being composed of numerous small leaflets, divided into three principal groups, each of which is again subdivided into three lesser groups. The edges of the leaflets are finely toothed or serrated. The flowers, small and numerous, yellowish or greenish in colour, are grouped into large, globular umbels. They blossom in July and are succeeded by pale yellow, oblong fruits, 1/6 to a 1/4 inch in length when ripe, with membraneous edges, flattened on one side and convex on the other, which bears three prominent ribs. Both!
The odour and taste of the fruits are pleasantly aromatic.

Cultivation:



Cultivate in ordinary deep, moist loam, in a shady position, as the plant thrives best in a damp soil and loves to grow near running water. Although the natural habitat is in damp soil and in open quarters, yet it can withstand adverse environment wonderfully well, and even endure severe winter frost without harm. Seedlings will even successfully develop and flower under trees, whose shelter creates an area of summer dryness in the surface soil, but, of course, though such conditions may be allowable when Angelica is grown merely as an ornamental plant, it must be given the best treatment as regards suitable soil and situation when grown for its use commercially. Insects and garden pests do not attack the plant with much avidity: its worst enemy is a small twowinged fly, of which the maggots are leafminers, resembling those of the celery plant and of the spinach leaf.

Harvest:



Leaves should be harvested very young. It is best to harvest them early in the morning right after the dew has evaporated. Be sure to deadhead or pinch off the buds, Although we love blooms on all plants, its best not to let basil bloom. Pinch or deadhead the buds. This will encourage the plant to grow. To allow them to flower they will remain small and not produce many leaves. In the middle of July, cut about 1/3 of the stalks. Tie in small bunches to dry. Around the end of August repeat this again with cutting the stems again about 1/3. Right before your first frost cut the plant back and prepare for drying and storing over your winter months.

Medicinal



The root stalks, leaves and fruit possess carminative, stimulant, diaphoretic, stomachic, tonic and expectorant properties, which are strongest in the fruit, though the whole plant has the same virtues.

Angelica is a good remedy for colds, coughs, pleurisy, wind, colic, rheumatism and diseases of the urinary organs, though it should not be given to patients who have a tendency towards diabetes, as it causes an increase of sugar in the urine.

It is generally used as a stimulating expectorant, combined with other expectorants the action of which is facilitated, and to a large extent diffused, through the whole of the pulmonary region.

It is a useful agent for feverish conditions, acting as a diaphoretic.

An infusion may be made by pouring a pint of boiling water on an ounce of the bruised root, and two tablespoonsful of this should be given three or four times a day, or the powdered root administered in doses of 1O to 30 grains. The infusion will relieve flatulence, and is also of use as a stimulating bronchial tonic, and as an emmenagogue. It is used much on the Continent for indigestion, general debility and chronic bronchitis. For external use, the fresh leaves of the plant are crushed and applied as poultices in lung and chest diseases.

Magickal Use and Lore



As seen by its name, angelica has been associated with the Archangel Michael. It comes into bloom near his feast day and has been connected to the Christian observance of the Annuciation. Angelica is known for its protection against evil spells.

The Master Book of Herbalism considers angelica "one of the most valuable Herbes of Protection." The magickal property of angelica works in two ways. One is through establishing protection, creating a barrier against energy which would be destructive or harmful. The other property is through filling the person with an abundance of good, radiant energy. Angelica has a pleasing flavor and may be used internally. It is also an execellent bathing herbe. The attributes of this relative of celery enhance one's aura, aid the person in maintaining a joyful outlook on life, and assist in allowing the internal, psychic self to be open and functional. Angelica may be used in ritual baths, self-blessings and in rituals of purification.

For the devotees of Atlantean myth, angelica may be intergrated into meditations to help the practitioner have a sense of Atlantis, its lore and knowledge. Plato was the first to write of this legend and whether or not Atlantis ever existed in reality remains debated even today. The legends, however, have been believed by countless peoples over many centuriess and there is great power within the myth. Angelica may be used to intuit other realities and the ancient civilizations of other times.

The belief in the protective and benevolent guardianship of angelic beings is a strong force in many religions. For these people, angelica is an essential herbe. For any person desirous of better reaching one's inner light, of finding inspiration and tapping into one's Highest Ideals, angelica will help you embrace and embody your own spiritual essence.

As a bringer of light, angelica may be used at Candlemass, the Feast of the Waxing Light, as the days grow brighter and our hope is rekindled. Angelica may be used with the Strength card through mediation.

History and Lore



This majestic herbe is thought by some to have been grown in the gardens of the mythical Atlantis.
Its virtues are praised by old writers, and the name itself, as well as the folk-lore of all North European countries and nations, testify to the great antiquity of a belief in its merits as a protection against contagion, for purifying the blood, and for curing every conceivable malady: it was held a sovereign remedy for poisons agues and all infectious maladies. In Couriand, Livonia and the low lakelands of Pomerania and East Prussia, wild-growing Angelica abounds; there, in early summer-time, it has been the custom among the peasants to march into the towns carrying the Angelica flower-stems and to offer them for sale, chanting some ancient ditty in Lettish words, so antiquated as to be unintelligible even to the singers themselves. The chanted words and the tune are learnt in childhood, and may be attributed to a survival of some Pagan festival with which the plant was originally associated. After the introduction of Christianity, the plant became linked in the popular
mind with some archangelic patronage, and associated with the spring-time festival of the Annunciation. According to one legend, Angelica was revealed in a dream by an angel to cure the plague. Another explanation of the name of this plant is that it blooms on the day of Michael the Archangel (May 8, old style), and is on that account a preservative against evil spirits and witchcraft: all parts of the plant were believed efficacious against spells and enchantment. It was held in such esteem that it was called 'The Root of the Holy Ghost.'

Angelica may be termed a perennial herbaceous plant. It is biennial only in the botanical sense of that term, that is to say, it is neither annual, nor naturally perennial: the seedlings make but little advance towards maturity within twelve months, whilst old plants die off after seeding once, which event may be at a much more remote period than in the second year of growth. Only very advanced seedlings flower in their second year, and the third year of growth commonly completes the full period of life. There is another species, Angelica heterocarpa, a native of Spain, which is credited as truly perennial; it flowers a few weeks later than the biennial species, and is not so ornamental in its foliage.

Biblography



M.L. Benton's Book of Blessings



Mrs. Grieve's Modern Herbals...by Mrs.Grieve



Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs...by Scott Cunningham



Bud, Blossom,& Leaf...by Dorothy Morrison



The Master Book of Herbalism


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