Archangel Root (Angelica) has been recommended by Hildegard of Bingen for stomach problems and much more.

As an important part of many bitters, the Angelika has long been highly praised. Other names are Angelica Root or Archangel, the botanical name is Angelica archangelica L . This biennial herb grows mainly in Northern Europe (Scandinavia, northern Germany, the Netherlands, but there are related species in Eastern Europe and Asia) and is also cultivated. In ancient times the square root in the Nordic countries has been grown and prepared as food.

Beneficial for stomach and intestinal

In particular, the roots of the plants found in natural medicine their application. The Angelika is an Umbelliferae and is related to caraway, dill and anise. The root contains essential oil, various bitter substances, coumarins, and others. Therefore, it also has a very distinctive spicy smell. After harvesting, the root is dried very carefully to minimize the loss of essential oil to a minimum. Then it is crushed and can be infused as a tea or a cold infusion. For the latter it is at the root overnight in cold water and drink it can be.


The bitter compounds stimulate the production of digestive juices (bile and pancreas) and the bowel movement and the essential oils and other ingredients have antibacterial and anti-spasmodic for stomach and intestine. Inflammation of both organs can be successfully treated with Angelica, as loss of appetite and bloating. Even a slight stimulation of the renal activity is reported. The essential oil is unfortunately something toxic (similar to absinthe), and therefore should not be taken too much of it. It is also important to note that may occur in the wild collection easy confusion with similar parsley family, some of which are poisonous.

The butterbur in the Middle Ages

In many medieval and early modern writings the Archangels Wurz is praised as a remedy against the plague, cholera and other contagious diseases. In fact, the plant has a beneficial effect on the immune system and antibacterial. In addition, she does a good job in lung and throat ailments. Not least, the cold infusion of the root for antirheumatic baths is relative. You can take out the root as a tea in powdered form to itself or as a tincture from the drugstore. Furthermore, there is a homeopathic medicine angelica . Of course, the most popular form of income than the bitters, Example as a Benedictine, Chartreuse, or similar. It then other bitter herbs such as wormwood or gentian are included. Here one should not forget that the high-proof alcohol has its side effects.