About Angelica Archangelica
Angelica archangelica (hvonn/kvan) is a medicinal herb native to Northern Europe, where it thrives and contains the greatest amount of bioactive components. It is believed to be one of few medicinal herbs originating in the northern hemisphere. It was one of the plants that survived the Ice Age 8 to 10 thousand years ago. We at SagaMedica therefore refer to the Nordic Angelica as the Arctic Angelica. The Vikings introduced the herb to Europe when they traded with other Europeans. Angelica archangelica was important merchandise and also used as currency in trade and was an important export item until after 1500.
This medicinal plant has been used in Iceland for 1100 years. The story of Angelica archangelica dates back to the settlement of Iceland where this plant was considered one of the best medicinal herbs. Angelica was the first vegetable grown in Scandinavia. Most Icelandic farms had Angelica gardens. Angelica was used to treat numerous ailments. Tinctures and teas were made to treat stomach and respiratory ailments and to regain strength after an illness. The SagaMedica products are made from this old traditional herb brought to you by modern scientific research, which has proven the existence of active compounds. Quality production standards and controls ensure that the products deliver what they promise. People today can again use Angelica’s beneficial effects for prevention and health improvements.
Angelica has been called the Angel Herb. The name Angelica archangelica is believed to have been given by a monk in the mid-17th century, who had a dream in which Archangel Raphael appeared and pronounced the herb to be a cure for the plague. Angelica was a longstanding favorite in pagan healing rituals, offering magical powers of protection. In Iceland, its name is Ætihvonn (Eatable-hvonn). A number of places in Iceland bear the name of Angelica (hvonn) such as the highest peak in Iceland Hvanna-dals-hnjúkur (Angelica-valley-peak). Angelica archangelica is a biennial herb of the Umbel family. It is a remote relative of the Ginseng plant and the roots look much alike.
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