Hey Everyone, It’s Jason here at the House of Health. I’m excited to be back with you for another “Herb of the Week”!! Herb of the Week is a video series where I introduce and talk about an herb from our “Wall of Herbs”. Alright well let’s get started on the herb I want to talk about this week. I’d like to introduce the mystical Angelica Root and talk about its health benefits. To be specific, in my video I am referencing to the specific (Angelica archangelica). If you research Angelica root and its benefits there are many types of Angelica. For example, Dong Quai is also called Angelica, but it is a Chinese Angelica that offers a whole range of different benefits. I say this because I don’t want people to be confused when they do their research. So, back to the Angelica we are looking at Angelica archangelica and its most important uses. The leaves and roots have been used medicinally since Viking times and the seeds and stem are used in culinary arts.
I have two goals I plan to achieve today.
Get you excited about Angelica root and herbs in general.
Help you find better health and wellness through the use of Angelica root.
What Does It Do For Me?
So what’s the mystery behind Angelica? Well if you research Angelica root you will see things about it curing a plague, repelling evil spirits, and being a holy herb. I want to talk about what it does for the body. Here are some of the well known ways Angelica root could help you. Remember these have not all been proven to be true. So taking Angelica root is not a cure, but could possibly help these health issues.
- loss of appetite
- excessive intestinal gas
- bad blood circulation
- urinary tract infection
So now let’s elaborate on a couple of points on how Angelica root can help you.
As I read through that list one thing right off the bat hopefully stood out to you. Angelica root is a great option to soothe digestive troubles. Because the herb is bitter, it is primarily used for ailments associated with the digestive system. The herb has been used to stimulate appetite, improve digestion, soothe and lessen intestinal gas production. The herb has a bactericidal effect on the G.I. tract and increases the production of stomach acid. Both of these factors can either weaken or get rid of the bacteria that often causes various gastric ailments and discomforts. As a carminative (gas expeller) and digestive aid, Angelica will relax the stomach muscles, increase peristalsis of intestines and relax the colon, this will help with indigestion, bloating, gas, gastrointestinal spasms, improving appetite, has been helpful in anorexia nervosa.
Angelica root is also a wonderful option to those of you dealing with respiratory issues. Angelica root is both an expectorant and cough suppressant, and possibly induces sweating. The plant is known for its expectorant properties and has been used traditionally as an herbal remedy for bronchitis, asthma and other ailments of the respiratory system. It is the roots that are commonly used in this regard, but the stems and seeds may also be used. As an expectorant, decongestant and pectoral it acts as the respiratory relaxant to lung tissue to help release congestion and allow the flow of mucus as well as a lung tonic to heal and strengthen lung tissue. So angelica is very useful with coughs, bronchitis, pleurisy, especially with fever such as in with colds and influenza.
How to use Angelica:
So how do I use Angelica root? We sell it in the loose dried form by the ounce, tea bags in a box, and in liquid tincture form. If you want to just try it then buy it loose and make a tea to see how it can help you. We recommend the tincture method, because it can work fast and get quick results for digestive troubles.
Well thanks for watching my video on “Herb of the Week”. I hope you learned something, and I hope this knowledge can help someone find better health and well being. Please research angelica root more to find out the other benefits, and to see if it’s right for you. See you again for another “herb of week” next week!! If you would like to watch our other “Herb of the Week” videos check our our Youtube channel. House of Health Youtube