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Monday, January 25, 2016

Herbarium: Magical and Medicinal Uses of 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, which is likely due to its natural ability to stimulate the digestive system, improve circulation, and lessen respiratory problems. From the fifteenth century, there are records indicating that people wore or carried angelica in posies to protect against the plague. One legend tells that an angel appeared to a monk in a dream to tell him that angelica would protect against and cure the plague. Its name may also derive from the fact that 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. As such, growing angelica around your home will protect you and those within from harm, witchcraft, ghosts, and other unwanted entities. You can also sprinkle it in the four corners of your home or around the perimeter to ward off evil while bathing in an infusion of angelica will remove not only curses but unwanted spells as well. Angelica can also be used in healing spells and magic, or to communicate and connect with angels.

In the Americas, angelica root was often carried to increase luck, especially in gambling, so carry it on your person whenever you seek a new endeavor or take a risk. The smoke is also said to cause visions which makes angelica perfect for spirit communication, hedge riding, and divination.

Angelica can be used in a number of spells including:
     Divination
     Healing Spells
     Protection Magic
     Luck Spells
    
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 recovery 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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