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Angelic archangelia or wild celery is a biennial plant cultivated in many parts of the world for its medicinal value. It is also called garden angelica or Norwegian angelica. Major producers and exporters of the plant or its parts are Hungary, Poland, Germany Bulgaria and Romania.

It belongs to apiaceae family of plants.

About the plant

Angelica plant has to be properly identified, as many other plants from the family of apiaceae look similar in appearance but are poisonous by nature.

The leaves of the plant are very large and swollen. It has greenish white to yellowish flowers. It needs an expert’s knowledge to identify the herb, wild celery. The stems and roots of the plant are aromatic and sweet by nature. The benefits acquired from the roots increases with the age of the root. The plant grows in damp soil found in river beds or in water deposits, like ponds or lakes. Being a biennial plant, during the first year, only the leaves grow and in the second year the stem grows up to eight feet.

For more than ten centuries the plant has been a source of food and medicine in countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland and Greenland. The fruit, seed and root of the plant find their use in preparation of various medicines. All parts of the plant produce a volatile oil that is used in medicines.

Due to its sweet and aromatic flavor the plant is used in food and beverages industries.

Health benefits of the Wild celery

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The root contain a number of chemical substances like terpenes, coumarin, osthol, angelecin, archangelicin, glucose, sucrose, saccharine and some acids.

  • Is a cure for insomnia, flatulence, heartburn, loss of appetite, respiratory disorders.
  • Useful for women’s health and can induce the menstrual cycle. It is also used for aborting the fetus.
  • Since it is diuretic by nature and helps in increasing the flow of urine, it can cleanse the urinary tract of any infection.
  • It increases the production of phlegm and kill germs.
  • The plant and its parts can enhance the sexual desire in both gender, when consumed internally.
  • You can apply the oil externally to cure skin disorders, relieve joint and nerve pains.

For sexual health in men

  • It is combined with some other herbal ingredients in preparing a particular medicine to treat premature ejaculation. It helps in strengthening the renal system.

Cure for various disorders

  • Tea or decoction or tincture made from the plant is consumed to cure fever, flu, respiratory disorders, nervous disorders and gastro intestinal tract disorders.
  • The roots, stems and seeds of the plant are used to relieve bronchitis and asthma.
  • Its ability to cure intestinal disorders make it useful for curing dysentery.
  • The plant removes poison (biting by venomous animals and dogs)

Cholera cure

  • The herb is also beneficial to eradicate cholera.
  • The bitterness of the herb is a cure for all disorders in the digestive system. It works as an appetizer by producing more stomach acid in addition to reducing production of intestinal gas and improving digestion.
  • The arteries in the hand and foot become narrow in a person who has the Buerger’s disease. (Buerger disease is a disorder in which the blood vessels are inflamed and swollen. Also causes blood clots) Angelica plant is useful in treating this disease because of its potential to enhance blood circulation.
  • Anti-oxidant property in the herb can prevent and also treat atherosclerosis.
  • When used as mouth wash the plant reduce oral infections and fungal, viral and bacterial infections.
  • It reduces pains and swellings and cures sore throat.
  • Valeric acid, volatile oils and anti-oxidants in angelica along with other nutrients in it nourishes the skin and is used in skin care products.
  • Properly regulated use of the herb can prevent hair loss. The roots of the herb helps in regenerating the dead hair follicles and facilitate fresh hair growth by stimulating circulation of oxygen in the scalp.

Parts of the plant used

Of all the parts of the plants, the roots are most useful for its distinctive medical benefit.   Consuming a herbal tea or chewing the root can produce local anesthetic effect.

Warning

A word of caution – Fresh root is poisonous and hence always fully dry them before using. Always use only small quantities of the parts of the plant. Over dosage, particularly consumption of the oil can become toxic. The fresh plant can cause allergic reaction on contact with the skin. Pregnant women and people who have stomach or intestinal ulcers and diabetics should not use the products from the herb.

You can source the plant or parts of it online.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.