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Common angelica

Common angelica

Biennial herbaceous plant. It is highly aromatic and measures from 80 cm to two metres in height. Its inflorescence in large umbels (umbels and secondary umbels) comprises greenish flowers. Its leaves are hairy on the underside, with a long petiole that is finely divided and ends in a tri-lobed segment (note: if the segment is not lobed, the leaves are hairless and the flowers are white, it is probably Angelica sylvestris).

Latin name

Angelica archangelica L.


Angelica grows wild in the northern regions and in central Europe.

Used part

The root.

Active components

Essential oil: stimulates the secretion of digestive juices and has a calming and spasmolytic effect.
Bitter principles: stimulate digestion.


In ancient times, common angelica was considered a plant with magical properties. People carried it on them for good luck but also to protect themselves from disease and witchcraft. In the Middle Ages, common angelica was one of the most respected medicinal herbs. It was used to treat various diseases, to counteract poisonings and even infectious diseases such as the plague. Common angelica also has a culinary application, as it is used as an ingredient in confectionery and liqueurs. Common angelica helps to restore the appetite. By stimulating the production of digestive juices, it improves digestive comfort. It protects the liver and supports the detoxification of the organism. 1-5

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