Angelica (Dong Quai)

This beautiful plant has been used in China for over 2000 years, perennial herb, about three feet tall, with a typical Umbelliferae in  appearance. Parts Used–root, leaves, seeds.

Angelica root is a great tonic herb and used for many conditions of the skin do to it’s  mineral and vitamin content. Angelica contains vitamin B12, Zinc, thiamine, sucrose, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, iron and a  resin called Angelicin, which is stimulating to the lungs and to the skin along with many other trace minerals.  Can be found in uses of acne treatment, mouth gargle , lungs,  poultice for broken bones, swellings, itching.

 Angelica/Dong Quai natural menopause support/remedies contains plant estrogen natural plant hormone regulator for women, ( digestive problems, hot flashes) are common examples.

C1880 Colour Print Angelica Parsnip Plants Fennel Herbs

Also has antibiotic activity that enhances the body’s metabolism, increases oxygen utilization by the liver, and enhances glutamic acid and cysteine oxidation.  This herb contains plant estrogen naturally. Women’s menopausal hormones are balanced by natural plant estrogen.

(History–its virtues are praised by old writers, and the name itself, as well as the folk-lore of all North European countries and nations, testify to the great antiquity of a belief in its merits as a protection against contagion, for purifying the blood, and for curing every conceivable malady: it was held a sovereign remedy for poisons agues and all infectious maladies.  Shared on Botanical.com)

 After having  a  house quest who stayed with me for a few months I came to learn about the difficulties of athletes foot and also the smell that almost always follows. My solution for both.  Easy to make safe for the environment

Dong Quai Root Powder - Angelica

Angelica (Dong Quai) Foot Powder: Easy to make safe for the environment.  Angelica powder, few drops of  tea tree essential oil & peppermint essential oil.  There is no correct recipe for this it’s simply a powder and adding essential oils for benefit and fragrance. I picked tea tree for its natural antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-infection benefits against nail fungus, and athlete’s foot, peppermint essential oil for its cooling capabilities.

It is noted that in France angelica was used for its excellent medical properties and as a herb. It was recommended for the overworked or convalescing.  Angelicas essential oil has hydrating and toning properties, which helps restore one’s beauty. I will be adding recipes that you can create using angelica and many other essential oil recipes.

Angelica Toner: you’ll need a container to store your toner in, recycled dark glass bottles amber or cobalt blue work best when using essential oils.   For this recipe you’ll need. 4 oz of witch hazel, 1 oz of Angelica allow the angelica and witch hazel to infuse for a couple of weeks strain and store.

Angelic Milk Bath: fit for a queen but made for an angel~ 2 cups water, 1 oz of dried angelica or a handful of fresh~which you will infuse into the water simmer on low for 15 minutes give or take, add 2 tablespoons of powdered milk, 10 drops of chamomile essential oil, 5 drops of rose essential oil, 1 tsp of almond oil, shake and allow to infuse/synergise before use, add entire recipe to bath. You could add rose pedals, chamomile flowers tossed into the bath for an herbal, romantic effect, can be stored in the fridge for a week but no longer.

I’m adding some more on dong quai I found this wonderful little Recipe for Dong Quai wine..

Simple Healing Dong Quai Wine:

Dong Quai is referred to as the female ginseng herb. It is indigenous to Korea, Japan and China and has a flowery appearance. Chinese herbalists remove the healing substances from dong quai by soaking or boiling the herb in wine and consuming it in liquid form. Other forms of the herb are tablets, capsules, teas and raw root form. Its benefits include:

  • Treating gynecological conditions
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Strengthening reproductive organs
  • Preventing blood clotting
  • Relieving menstrual disorders and symptoms related to menstruation (headaches, PMS)
  • Treating gynecological conditions
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Strengthening reproductive organs
  • Preventing blood clotting
  • Relieving menstrual disorders and symptoms related to menstruation (headaches, PMS)

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