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Angelica - The Herb with the Medicinal and Magical Properties

Updated on May 2, 2012
Angelica sylvestris Public Domain
Angelica sylvestris Public Domain

The herb Angelica has been used for thousands of years to cure many diseases and helped alleviate the symptoms of illness. Throughout history herbs have been grown for food and to add taste and substance to our diets.

But there are many more uses for all types of herbs. Medicine today is a mixture of chemical properties, but did you know that the majority of our tablets are made from herbs? Wise women or Witches have been known to use herbs for many magical rituals. Here I will be explaining how to grow Angelica, and show you how to use it for helping to relieve symptoms. And there is also an indepth look at how we can use angelica in herbal magic.


Angelica can grow quite tall, between three and seven feet high, so it is a good idea to only grow this if you have a garden. It may be grown on a balcony but only if you have enough space. To seed this plant, you must start off with fresh seeds. Keep them in water for three nights preferably around the full moon, as we are covering the magical properties of the plant too.

Make sure you seed them in Spring and transplant them in Autumn. Place the little plants in a circle approximately one metre or yard away from each other. Remember that angelica has to be placed in a position so that it can keep warm. A humid climate is preferable to grow properly.

Angelica ready for use.
Angelica ready for use. | Source

Medicinal Properties of Angelica

Always be careful when cutting the plant for use in medicine. And make sure that you talk to your Doctor beforehand to make sure that each and every herb you use will not interefere with any medicines that you already take. There are many herbs that can be downright dangerous if you take them with certain medications such as heart medicine.

The parts of angelica that can be used are the rootstock, roots and seeds. These can be gathered and used in the second year of growth. They are aromatic and great for digestion. But be careful, as angelica can be both a stimulant in small doses, and a depressive in a higher dose.

  • Angelica is good for stimulating the appetite after an illness.
  • Coughs can be soothed by its expectorant properties.
  • Stomach problems such as wind, indigestion, cramps and spasms.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Fever can be helped by angelica because of its diaphoretic properties. (sweating)

Angelica can also be used in a poltice to alleviate athlete's foot, rheumatism, itching and when gargled can help to stop a sore throat.

You can use angelica for making your bath a more relaxing experience. Just place the infusion into the bath, or preferably place the plant into a small cloth bag and hang it from the side of the bath so that it is just below the water line.

If you are diabetic please do not use Angelica as it produces sugar in the urine.

Introduction to Herbs for Magical Use

Candle Magic For Herbal Spell Public Domain
Candle Magic For Herbal Spell Public Domain

Magical Properties of Angelica

For magic, gather the roots of angelica in September or October. Wait for a West Wind to blow and dry them in the sun.

To prepare an elixir, add a small amount of roots, 40g or 1oz of sugar, 100g or 3.5 ounces of alcohol, and enough water, around a pint or half a litre. Collect the first fruit of the season that you have grown in your garden and add it to the elixir. Then let it steep for ten days.

When you need calm or temperance in your life, say an incantation over the liquid. This is called the ritual of Calling the Powers. There are many ways that you can do this. But it is best if you make up your own Prayer or Incantation.


Before starting call to mind the reason why you have invoked the incantation. In this case it is for calm and tranquility. Make sure that you are comfortable. If you choose you can have a bath to cleanse yourself and your aura, but you can also just wash your hands to start with. Place the angelica elixir in front of you. Then its time to draw a circle around you.

This can be a real circle with salt and blessed water, or just an imaginary one using your hand to circle your body.

Hold the image in your mind. You can think of a waterfall, or maybe a lovely shady forest. When you have the image firmly in your head, then sit back and wait for the answer to come to you. This isn't difficult. You may see fire in the form of a candle. This is the elements way of telling you to use this. or maybe you will see water. If it is a candle, then place it in front of you and say the words:

Fire, you are here and I thank you. Please bring me peace and calm, so mote it be.

Just remember you have to make up the magical words. You can of course use a manual to learn the incantations, but the point is to really mean it. By using someone else's words you will be stilted and the meaning will not come through properly.

When you have finished, thank the element, in this case fire, and close the circle around you.

For example.

Thank you fire for your kindness fire, blessed be. Or:

Thank you fire for blessing this angelica, blessed be.

How to remove the circle

Place your hand once more on the ground and smooth away the circle, making sure that you open the circle the opposite way to closing it. Clockwise to close the circle, and anti-clockwise to open it.

In the video below you will find the full casting of a circle. This can be done if you are more familiar with the ways of magic. But the above casting of the circle is fine for beginners.

Casting A Circle

Elixir of Temperance

Once you have prepared the elixir of temperance, and have consecrated it for the first time by Calling the Powers, keep it in a protected place within your home away from outside influence. Then whenever you need to use it, just take a sip of the elixir and you will immediately feel the benefits of the magical angelica infusion.

Copyright Nell Rose May 1st 2012


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi rajan, thanks so much for reading, herbs always fascinate me, they have been used for so many centuries, I always keep some in the cupboard at home, nell

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Really interesting read about this herb, Nell. Interesting to learn how magicalproperties are powered into the elixir.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Thanks Dardia, it's a fascinating little plant, I love herbs so I try to check out as many as I can, thanks!

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      Darlene Yager 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I have been interested in wild edibles and medicinal plants for some time. I may have to start thinking of growing them myself. Very interesting hub! I might have to give that magical incantation a try too! :)

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Audrey, thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California

      What an interesting hub! I have heard about angelica before but not in any specific way. It is great to have more information about it--Thank you Nell!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, I always try the herbs as well, I have a whole cupboard full! lol! they are really good, especially Camomile tea, its so relaxing too. Thanks as always, nell

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thanks, Nell, for an interesting and informative hub. I didn't know all this about Angelica. Its herbal uses and medicinal uses are good to know. I try to use natural rememdies and medicines now before resorting to synthetic medicines. Voted up and interesting!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks Hilary, yes the incantations can be used for any herb or any relaxation that you want to do, and the video is great isn't it? thanks again nell

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I almost missed this one Nell. Angelica is one herb of which I am not familiar so much thanks for the introduction and for all the magic. The incantations are awesome. If not Angelica I will take that info to use with all herbal and homeopathic medications! Cheers!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Movie, thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi holistic, I hadn't really taken notice of Angelica before so it was interesting to me too, thanks!

      Hi Kitty, yes she is good isn't she? I did ask her, and said if you want me to take it down let me know, but it was fine I hope. Haha! what did you do to your rosemary plant?

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      Kitty Fields 

      8 years ago from Summerland

      I see you've got CharmingPixieFlora's Herb video on this hub, awesome! She's a wonderful teacher. Great hub...I'm getting into my herbal practice this summer...though I seem to be killing my brand new rosemary plant somehow. :(

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, I knew little of angelica and had never thought of growing it, so thank you for this introduction!

      Voting up/interesting

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi misshill, thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      8 years ago from United States

      Angelica is a new one for me; thanks for the introduction.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Alastar, lol! its nice to see you, I know what you mean about personal stuff, amongst other things I am decorating the whole house out! talk about multi tasking! lol! thanks again, nell

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Nell. Been busy with some personal stuff and trying to write a story so it feels good to be back checking out what you've been up to. It's cool to find out about this herb. You've sold me with this article but Springs over and they do get pretty tall so maybe in the bottle eh lol. Oh, and I'll be back to watch the casting a circle when there's a spare 15. Really want to see it.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi tillsontitan, These sort of incantations are really just imagining good things to stop you being stressed. By drawing a circle around you it makes it a mentally calmer place, and of course if you prefer to use tools like in the video then that's fine too, it all depends on how people like to meditate. The elixir is just blessed so that when you drink it, it has a calming effect. Maybe psychological but as long as it works lol!I know Angelica is grown in America but I am not sure exactly what State, thanks as always, and for the vote to, thanks!

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      I am among those who never heard of Angelica before and don't know if it can grow in the Northeastern U.S. (NY to be exact). Your incantation is very interesting as well but makes me wonder what powers one would need to do this properly? As usual Nell, you had me reading all the way through!

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi katyzzz, I have been reading about different herbs and their properties and this one caught my eye. never thought of it before, but it is an interesting plant, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi K9, I have been interested in magic for years, mainly the psychology of it to start with, but since scientists have proved the power of energy being manipulated by prayer I now believe in it. Its not a new idea as you know, wise women back in the middle ages knew it then! clever ladies! and to incorporated herbs into it is lovely too, thanks so much for reading, and the share, hugs back! lol!

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      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Strange and unusual hub, but I guess that's what makes it exciting, I have heard of angelica but I did not realize it had so many uses, in fact I didn't know it had any uses at all, so that's something I have learned today. Thanks for the intriguing hub

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      I was fascinated by the concept of using your own words when presenting an incantation, but it makes perfect sense. What a wonderfully informative and useful herb Angelica is. I was unfamiliar with its abundant uses, so you have well educated me here. Thanks for sharing all of the great properties of this magical herb! Up for sure and happily shared!


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Lily, I totally agree with you. This was more of a cleansing healing circle, but of course there are many ways that you can do it. If you are religious, then just thanking God and relaxing is fine too. Nobody should do the rituals if they are not confident or happy doing it. It really is just a relaxing thing. Thanks for your opinion and of course I respect it too, love ya lily, be over soon, nell

      Hi Cardisa, yes I believe it is also called wild celery. And thanks as always for reading, glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      I have never heard of this herb before. It is truly remarkable. Is there another name for Angelica? I would sure like to know if it is grown locally.

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      8 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Nell, I love you dearly. I find calling the powers anything but restful, and anyone unknowledgeable or in a vulnerable state of mind, or unbalanced, will be in danger of calling the wrong thing. Not everyone is able to ward off evil when opening the portals, and anyone opening the doors to their soul without knowing what's at stake, may lose themselves, Magic is not a playful pastime, but a profound power, and calling. I will always fight for anyone's right to say what they want, but Nell, just because you are an adept, does not make others so... with much love and respect, your friend, lily

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi billy, glad you found it helpful, I love different herbs and am always looking for another one to add to my collection in the kitchen, thanks!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, thank you! I was completely ignorant of this herb and its properties. I'll be doing some research now since our herb garden needs more plants. Great hub!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi christopher, yes evidently they grow near swamps rivers and marshes. But never cut any from the great outdoors, especially near rivers as it looks very similar to water hemlock, and we all know what that can do! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Interesting article there Nell. Does Angelica grow wild?

      I'm sure I have seen plants like it when I was out and about.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Lilleyth, lol! thanks again, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Another interesting and useful Hub by Nell! Thumbs up AGAIN...ha!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Pamela, I started reading about Angelica and realised it was quite a versatile plant, so then I had to write about it! lol! I am glad you could see it, because the hub itself keeps unpublishing itself and losing the facebook link, so phew! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I never heard of this plant before but your hub covered its many properties quite well. Voted up and interesting.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Bobbi, for some reason my hub unpublished itself! spooks in the machine! lol! I am not sure, I know it grows or can be grown in California because I checked, I should imagine so, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Nell Rose,

      This is a great hub. My Grandmother Knight healed with herbs, plants and roots. She was taught by a country doctor in their country, and as a young girl she worked as his nurse. Her father wanted her to have many skills.

      Would this plant grown in Florida I wonder?


      Your Hub Friend,



    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, yes evidently it can be found in America. It is a member of the parsley family, and is also related to carrots! I also looked to see if it was available in Southern California and yes it is, I didn't know that, learn something new every day! lol! thanks as always for reading, nell

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've never heard of this herb. Do you think this can grow in Southern California, or is it only confined to the UK? Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, I have used celery seed to as a diuretic, but as you say things like blood pressure should always be checked to make sure it can be taken, I love herbs too, and use them most days, thanks as always, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      I will look into this herb, having heard of it somewhere but never really knowing anything about it. It really is something people should research or ask their doctor about, such as me using celery seed as a fluid pill because I cannot take sulfa drugs (for blood pressure) and this is very good for me, but someone with blood pressure low could have a very dangerous reaction having their blood pressure lowered. Very interesting hub, our rose, and I love growing herbs!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi jaswinder, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      So much information is there in this hub. Really herbs are very useful, because they have mecicinal value. As you described here in this article(Angelica)has so much value. Thanks for writing this valuable hub.


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