Angelica is a biennial with the roots, seeds, leaves, and fruits used to make medicine. It is easy to grow and contains many health benefits. Native to regions of the northern hemisphere traditionally used in baking for its aroma and herbal, bitter, earthy flavour. In this article, we will share how to grow angelica, the uses, and the health benefits that can be gained.
There are many varieties of angelica, ranging in colours, versatility, and sizes. If you planning on growing angelica, here are some varieties to consider: ‘Archangel’, ‘Breweri’, ‘seacoast’, and ‘Gigas’.
How To Grow Angelica
Sow angelica outdoors in late spring after all dangers of frost have passed. Grow angelica in sun with partial shade. Sow around 1cm deep, in individual containers/pots, and 36-48 inches apart if growing in the ground. Angelica prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost and manure.
Water regularly, keep soil evenly moist, especially during dry spells. When roots start coming out of the drainage holes transplant your angelica into a bigger container/pot. Alternatively, dig a hole in your garden big enough for the roots, place your angelica inside, and fill the rest in with compost, or manure. Fertiliser is optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a multi-purpose, slow-release fertiliser.
Uses And Health Benefits
As a herbal medicine, angelica is used for many things including heartburn, intestinal gas, loss of appetite, arthritis, circulation problems, nervousness, insomnia, increase urine production, improve sex drive, and kill bacteria. In addition, angelica can be used to avoid hair loss, reduces blood pressure, helps control acne, and may have cancer-fighting properties