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Angelica (angelica archangelica)

A biennial and short lived perennial plant of the umbelliferous family. A variety, the angelica sylvestris grows wild in Britain, and produces clusters of white, pale violet or pinkish flowers. The cultivated version produces oil that is used in perfume and liqueurs (such as Chartreuse and Benedictine), while the stems are preserved in sugar, and used by confectioners.

Angelica is sold as a liquid extract by some herbalists and better health food shops. This can be taken in a dose of 10-30 drops in liquid, three times a day. It shouldn"t be taken by diabetics as it tends to elevate blood sugar levels. See "Alternative Medicine"

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