ANGELICA: A European biennial or short-lived perennial
(if prevented from flowering). Loves shade and rich, moist clay. It has
thick, tall stems with a few large leaves and many large, spherical compound
umbels of greenish yellow flowers. Aromatic (a flavoring of Benedictine
and Chartreuse), appetite stimulant, carminative. Used in treating anorexia
nervosa and bronchitis and once used to treat the plague. Widely used
as a remedy for menstrual disorders. For 100s of years, this has been a
major cure-all medicinal herb of N. Europe.