Other Names: Angelica, Angâlique
Botanical Information: It is a plant from the Parsley family that can reach 3 m in height for two to four years. Its body is in the shape of a round tube, hollow inside, brownish on the outside and slightly forked towards the top. Its leaves are toothed on the edges of the side leaves, pointed towards the tip, sometimes oval and sometimes three-lobed. Its flowers are on the trunk and side branches, umbrella-shaped and yellowish green or light green in color. Its fruits have a cork-like protrusion on their edge, which allows them to float in water without sinking. Its roots are sponge-shaped and the side roots resemble a braid and are brownish red in color. Two
Where it grows : The species called “Angelica officinalis” is a tall plant that grows in Central and Northern Europe. Its flowers are greenish. The roots of this species (Radix Angelicae) are stomachic, appetizing and diuretic.
The type called “Angelica sylvestris”; It grows around Istanbul, Marmara region, Eastern Black Sea and Beyşehir. Its length is about 1-1.5 meters. It is a biennial or perennial plant. Its body is cylindrical. There are longitudinal lines. It is empty inside. It is bluish-green or reddish in color. Its flowers are white.
Known Composition: Angelica root; It contains essential oil (Phellandrene, Pinene, Angelica acid), bitter substances and tannin, furanocumarins, resin, starch, pectin and sugar.
Collection – Storage: In September and October, the roots of 2, 3 or 4-year-old angelica are removed, washed and dried. When drying angelica root, the temperature should not exceed 40C. Because then essential oils may disappear.
Benefits (benefits of the “Angelica officinalis” species):
It is used to relieve loss of appetite and indigestion (such as nausea, rancidity, bloating and vomiting).
It is used for gastrointestinal cramps.
It relieves diarrhea and strengthens it.
It is a soothing and nerve-strengthening tonic.
It is soothing in asthma attacks.
How to use: 2 coffee spoons of angel root (finely chopped and dried) are placed in the teapot, 250-300ml of boiling water is added and allowed to brew for 5-10 minutes. It is drunk by filtering.
Benefits of Angelica Essential Oil : Internal use of essential oil is not recommended. However, it can be used successfully when applied externally against rheumatism and gout pain.
WARNING: Plants containing significant amounts of essential oils should always be used with caution! For these reasons, it would be appropriate to take a break for 3-4 days after 1-2 weeks of cures. Angelica root should not be used during pregnancy.