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Angelica; Medicinal uses

Angelica has a multitude of uses - its leaves can be made into "tea", which stimulates the circulation, and is also good for relieving nervous headaches.

Tea, made with the roots or seeds will aid digestion, relieve flatulence and stimulate the appetite. It"s also soothing for bronchial conditions.

Applied externally, a decoction made from the root is soothing for scabies, itching or gout.

An infusion can be made by adding half a cup of boiling water to one teaspoon of crushed seeds and steeping. A decoction can be made by boiling one teaspoon of crushed root in three-quarters of a cup of water, then steeping for five minutes.

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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