– Dong Quai (Angelica)

Angelica is one of the few aromatic plants that are native to Syria, and the colder climates of northern Russia, Lithuania and Norway. A North American variety of angelica, Angelica atropurpurea, ‘root tonic’ was used by Native American Cherokee women for obstructed menses. Early European colonists are recorded as having used angelica root decoction’s to promote menstrual flow and induce abortion.


WARNING LEVEL: Moderate Risk Associated with Use

LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If Your Last Menstrual Cycle Started About 6 Weeks Ago

POSSIBLY TOXIC: Can Effect the Heart, Kidney and/or Liver Toxin

UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS: Contracts Uterus, Relaxes Uterus, Increases Estrogen, Increases Progesterone, Increases Oxytocin

ALSO KNOWN AS: Bellyache Root, Wild Celery, Purple Angelica, Dead Nettle, Dong Quai

IS USED FOR: loss of appetite, intestinal gas, heartburn, runny nose, nervousness, arthritis, circulation problems, trouble sleeping (insomnia)

HOW IT’S PREPARED: **Angelica is generally used alone and not combined with other herbs**

  • ANGELICA ROOT DECOCTION: Simmer 1/4 cup (60 g) cut root to 1 qt (1 L) water for three hours, drink throughout the day, and take no longer than six days. It’s important to note that the root must be simmered for several hours to release as much essential oil as possible.

POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY: may affect blood pressure, drowsiness may occur, caution in people with diabetes, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pains, labored breathing, weak and rapid pulse, dilated pupils, frothing at the mouth and convulsions, caution in higher doses