Monday, January 25, 2016

Herbarium: Angelica

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Angerlica. Includes FREE BOS page!

Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Exorcism, Healing, Protection, Visions
Magical Uses and History: Angelica, which derives its name from archangel, was once considered a cure-all by European healers. It was used to protect against or cure just about every ailment you can think of, especially the plague and poison. From the fifteenth century, there are records indicating that people wore or carried angelica to protect against the plague. According to one author, angelica blooms on May 8th which was traditionally celebrated as the Feast of the Apparition of St Michael. Due to its association with St Michael, people would weave necklaces for their children to ward off demons, witches, and enchanters. In Livonia and parts of East Prussia and Pomerania, peasants march into the town during early summer carrying angelica flowers chanting an incantation that has sense lost meaning. It is believed this is the remnants of a pagan festival celebrated during this time.

Growing angelica around your home will protect you. You can also sprinkle it in the four corners of your home or around the perimeter to ward of evil and protect those within. Bathing in an infusion of angelica will remove not only curses, but unwanted spells as well.

In some Native America tribes, angelica root was carried to increase luck, especially in gambling. The smoke is said to cause visions and aid in healing magic.

Angelica can be used in a number of spells including:
     Divination
     Healing Spells
     Protection Magic
    
Medicinal Uses: The roots and seeds of angelica are used to treat a variety of ailments, especially those regarding poor digestion, weak circulation, and respiratory problems. It also aids in recover from chronic illness. Despite its bitter taste, it stimulates stomach activity to increase  appetite and digestion, soothe cramping, and elevate gas. It also eases respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion, and cough. Due to its warming nature it is great for improving circulation and soothing fibromyalgia. The leaves can be used in a compress to soothe inflammation in the chest. It pairs well with chamomile.

Preparation and Dosage: Angelica  is to be taken internally or applied externally. For a decoction, combine a teaspoon of dried roots in one cup of water and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for two minutes before removing from heat and allowing to cool for 15 minutes. Take one cup up to three times a day. For a tincture, take 2-5 milliliters up to three times a day.


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