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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

ANGELICA


Latin Name: Angelica archangelica

Alternate Names: Archangel, Masterwort, Wild Celery, Root Of The Holy Ghost

Family: APIACEAE

Parts Used: Root, leaves, stem, seeds.

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic, Aperient, Aromatic, Astringent, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Nervine, Stimulant, Stomach Tonic, Tonic, Uterine Stimulant

Internal Uses: Alcoholism, Amenorrhea, Anemia, Anorexia, Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Colic, Dysmenorrhea, Expel Placenta, Flatulence, Flu, Indigestion, Intestinal Cramps, Migraine, Nausea, Typhus, Vomiting

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules
The seeds are used for acid indigestion, nausea and vomiting. Angelica is used to strengthen the heart and lungs and improve liver and spleen function. Small amounts stimulate digestive secretions. Some find that when Angelica is used, they lose their taste for alcohol.

Topical Uses: Arthritis, Electric Shock, Motion Sickness, Muscle Soreness

Topical Applications: Poultice, Salve.

Culinary uses: In Iceland and Lapland, the stems are cooked as a vegetable. Stems are candied and made into syrups and jellies, added to fruitcake and used to season fish. Leaves are added to salads and soups. Cook leaves with acidic fruits to decrease the amount of sugar needed. Dried leaves are added to baked goods. The oil from seeds and roots is used in benedictine, chartreuse, vermouth and gin. Leaves have been used to wrap and preserve food when traveling.

Energetics: Sweet, Pungent, Warm, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (beta-phellandrene, pinene, limonene, caryophyllene, linalool), coumarins, macrocyclic lactones, acids (valerianic, angelic), resins, sterol, tannin.
Contraindications: Only use dried root. Large doses can affect blood pressure and respiration, and stimulate the nervous system. Those with diabetes should avoid, since the herb has a high sugar content. Slight possibility that it can increase photosensitivity. Not for overly hot conditions. Avoid during pregnancy and periods of heavy menstrual bleeding. When planting, keep in mind that black flies and fruit flies are attracted to it and will congregate around the plant.

Comments: It is believed that this herb obtained the name Angelica, or angelic herb, as it helped protect people from disease, including plague and poisoning. It also blooms around May 8th, the feast day of Saint Michael, the archangel. It has also been told that the Archangel Raphael appeared to a monk in a dream and told him that Angelica would cure bubonic plague. Angelica is said to attract devic forces.
The common name Angelica also includes the species Angelica atropurpurea and Angelica officinalis, which are used interchangeably with Angelica archangelica.

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