ANGELICA (Angelica archangelica)
Angelica is said to be named after Saint Michael the Archangel, and comes from the Greek word ‘angelos’ meaning ‘messenger’. Angelica symbolizes inspiration and gentle melancholy is an herb of the Sun in the sunsign of Leo.
Throughout history, Angelica has been credited with magical properties and was included in many Pagan rites due to its renowned purifying qualities. It was later used in Christian ceremonies and became known as the ‘root of the Holy Ghost’. In ancient times, dried Angelica roots and seeds were burned in chafing pans over hot coals to disinfect, scent and purify the home.
In ancient times Angelica was a principle ingredient in rejuvenating elixirs. The leaves (either fresh or dried) of Angelica can be made into a tea as a good remedy for indigestion and flatulence. it is a tonic herb that stimulates the appetite and when taken over a number of days has a beneficial effect on overall wellbeing. Angelica is also helpful for feverish colds.
Angelica stalks can be used instead of sugar as a sweetener, and it reduces acidity when cooking fruits such as rhubarb and gooseberries.
For coughs and sore throats Angelica syrup is both soothing and effective and can be easily made with dried Angelica root.
An infusion of Angelica seeds can be used as a mouthwash to sweeten the breath and freshen the mouth.
To soothe the skin and stop itching, a cold compress can be made of fresh Angelica leaves. Angelica ointment can be made from fresh or dried herbs.
Metaphysically, many herbs are related to the Tarot. Angelica is related to THE SUN.
Angelica is a stimulant, a carminative, an emmenagogue and a calming tonic. It warms the blood and promotes circulation and also counteracts rheumatic problems and body stiffness.
Symbolically, Angelica is used for a cold, withdrawn person, who has a tendency to stay inside a lot, not exposing themselves to the light of the Sun. Angelica indicates an anti-social person who is withdrawn and morose.
The Divinatory meaning of Angelica is warmth, openness, friendliness, happiness, earthly joy and contentment.
Angelica should not be taken internally by diabetics as it increases blood sugar levels.