Angelica root (angelica archangelica) is a safe moderately stimulating herb that may be used as a tonic in herbalism for blood circulation and strengthening the digestive tract. Additionally, angelica is often used in brief durations to relax and cleanse the lungs and nose and is used briefly during menstruation.
Note: angelica root is not to be confused with Dong Quai, which is a similar species, but with different uses in herbalism.
What to Know About Taking Angelica Root
Digestive tonic herbs, such as angelica root, are often used with nutrient dense foods to reduce the congested, heavy, and tired feelings that accompany eating important protein and fat containing meals.
The distinct aromatic sweet flavor was once used as an ingredient in candies and is still used in the making of liqueurs, such as vermouths. Angelica is part of the herbal remedy made with apple cider vinegar, spices, and other digestive herbs called bitters.
Angelica is often used by women as a menstrual tonic either as a stand-alone herb or in formulation with other similar herbs.
Why Take Angelica Root?
The invigorating effects of angelica root raise one's energy and circulation to warm the body. Angelica is used to promote blood circulation throughout the body, which specifically stimulates digestion, and breathing. It is used to benefit and ease normal menstruation during a woman's monthly cycle.
Herbalism uses angelica for the following benefits:
- Stimulate energy
- Promote digestion
- Boost food absorption
- Strengthen breathing
- Relax the lungs and digestive tract
- Cleansing the lungs and nose
- Promoting normal menstruation
- Mild easing of menstrual cramps
- Reduce seasonal allergies
- For joint discomfort
How Angelica Root Works with the Body and Diet
The coumarins in angelica root promote the circulation benefits and the relaxation effects on the lungs and digestive tract.
The volatile oils contained within angelica, such as phellandrenes and pinenes, are responsible for the unique smell and stimulating effects.
Undesired Outcomes While Taking Angelica Root
As with many herbs, some undesirable outcomes may be encountered with angelica root such as digestive upset, drowsiness, irritability, and tension.
Some remedies for undesirable outcomes with angelica root are as follows:
- Do not take angelica on an empty stomach.
Take with complete balanced meals
- Do not take too much at once
- Divide your dosage up throughout the day
- Take the correct amount of angelica daily
Taking Angelica Root During Pregnancy and Lactation
No known harmful effect of taking the appropriate serving of angelica root with complete balanced meals during pregnancy and lactation. Consult a healthcare provider when adjusting lifestyle, exercise, diet, and supplementation.