> Angelica Herb
Information on, uses of and how to grow angelica:
In past times the seeds and roots of Angelica used to be burned
as a sort of incense to perfume the house. Traditionally the herb takes its name
from the story that an angel came to earth when plague was rampant and told
people to hold a piece of Angelica root in their mouths to ward off the
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How to grow
Sow the seeds in August in the place where you want the Angelica to flower. Thin the
seedlings to 15cm apart. If you do not allow the flower heads to form Angelica
will grow for a number of years. If you allow the seed head to develop and drop
the plant will self seed quite easily.
Angelica likes rich, light soil in partial shade.
This highly aromatic plant grows up to 2 meters high. It has creamy white flowers
massed into one almost round umbel. Its many leaflets are arranged in groups of
three and its stems are hollow.
The root of Angelica can be used for making tea and the stems are the parts which are candied
for cake decoration. The leaves can be added to cooking rhubarb, gooseberries,
redcurrants and plums to help sweeten these often sour fruits. A syrup made from
the stems and leaves can be stored and diluted to use as a drink and tea made
from the dried leaves is said to be good for soothing the nerves, tension, colds
coughs and rheumatism. It should not be taken by those suffering from diabetes.
Angelica also has a cosmetic use. Fill a muslin bag with Angelica leaves and
dangle it in your bath. It is most relaxing.
If you have a question or comment relevant to this page, then please post it below.
What can I use Angelica root for? As in teas or mixtures etc.
Would you let me know where can I get Bulk of Angelica leaves(Angelica Heavely)
How does one 'candy' angelica?