Archangelica officinalis H
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Archangelica officinalis H.
Angelika, angelic root,
janoklík, whit root,
gods: Sun, Venus
Archangel grows in the mountains of Europe as a biennial or perennial plant. It blooms with yellow flowers from July to August and, for medicinal properties, the root, leaves and sometimes even are collected.
Its name is derived from the legend that the healing effect of the archangelics was discovered by the angel himself at the time of the plague, and St. Michael revealed it to the monks.
Until the 15th century, it was used in the treatment of plague and other epidemic diseases. However, people have found other uses for it. On the
alleviating the "desires of young people" was prescribed as an anaprodisiac. As this plant has an extremely pleasant aromatic aroma and a sweet and hot taste, it has also been used in confectionery and liqueur production. It has become an important part of the ingredients of stomach-hot herbal liqueurs such as Benedictine, Chartreuse and Vermouth. The leaves and root are added to salads, broths and sauces, somewhere it is candied with sugar. Tea mixtures are effective in stomach and intestinal diseases.
For magic, the Archangel is a powerful cleansing plant with the energy of the sun and fire, and that is why it is the sacred herb of the summer solstice and the Celtic holiday of Coamhain. Incense cleans people, spaces and is also used in exorcism (expelling evil spirits). Blue candles are coated with archangelic oil to increase their healing effects. In any case, it was and is an inspiring plant, the shamans smoked its leaves to mediate the invocation and to communicate with Archangel Michael.
Root powder spilled around the house to protect it from all evil. Ancient and medieval magicians used the archangel, healing, and divination to protect against alien spells and harmful "potions."