Angelica grows wild in the Scandinavian countries also in Greenland, Russia and Iceland. During the 10th century it was cultivated as a medicinal plant and as a vegetable. Angelica became popular by the 12th century even the Vikings used it sometimes as currency since it was known for its’ medicinal healing of influenza, colds and thought to help heal folks from the Black Plague. The Sami people of Lapland used this special plant to flavor their Reindeer milk. It was also used for Shamanic rituals.
How did Angelica receive its name? Legend has it that a 17th century monk bestowed the name Angelica on this unique plant after he had a dream which he was visited by a mighty archangel who offered it for healing. It’s essential oil can be used as a physical and spiritual protection charm if worn close to your heart. Today Angelica is used to add flavor and aroma to culinary recipes.
Sources & References:
*The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, Matthew Wood, 2008.
*Wikimedia commons Photos of Angelica ( Public Domain)