Featured Herb: Angelica (continued from left)

indications: Angelica is a warming, decongesting and aromatic bitter. Its essential oils, bitters and coumarins makes it a broadly useful medicinal plant ally. Appearing in traditional digestive apertífs, it has been used traditionally as a digestive aid, and its bitter aromatic warming qualities can help with indigestion, bloating, sluggish liver or gas. It helps stimulate appetite and can be an ally in working with anorexia. Elder shrub

Angelica also helps stimulate blood and circulation, and is especially regarded as a women's herb in this way. Angelica relieves menstrual cramps by warming, relaxing, decongesting, and stimulating flow. It can also be useful in regulating cycle or bringing on delayed menses. It has been used during birth as a tonic, and after childbirth, to help expel the placenta.

Angelica has a warming expectorating effect on the lungs, and can help soothe and heal coughs, bronchitis and pleurisy, especially when they come on the tail of a cold or flu. The leaf can be used as a compress for inflammations of the chest. Angelica has been used across time and cultures to purify and protect against disease, and can be used as a remedy for viral infections such as influenza and the common cold. It is also used to treat bladder infections and rheumatic conditions.

According to folklore, this plant was revealed to a 14th century physician or monk (depending on who's telling) by the archangel as a medicine plant, and also went by the name of Holy Ghost. The plant has been considered in Europe for centuries to have magical properties, and its wild relatives on this continent have been used widely for medicine by people on this continent long before Europeans arrived. A relative of Osha, it is considered by some native peoples to be strengthening, rejuvenating 'Bear medicine,' the "Osha del Campo". It is known as a wise plant that can bring spiritual balance & support.

contraindications: Not for use during pregnancy. May cause photosensitivity: avoid prolonged exposure to sun when taking this herb.

note: This information is not a replacement for a trained herbalist. Please consult your medical professional before treating yourself or others with this or any other herbal remedy.