Angelica is used extensively in herbal medicine. Angelica is a very good tonic herb for women and children, the elderly or general debility and it is said to strengthen the heart. Powdered Angelica root is said to cause disgust for liquor. It has an antibacterial action, preventing the growth of various bacteria. Angelica atropurpurea herb leaf pictureAngelica is used for obstructed menses and should not be taken in large quantities by pregnant women. Angelica infusion is used externally medicinal gargle for sore throats and mouths and as a medicinal poultice for broken bones, swellings, itching and rheumatism and when used as a wash for the face, is said to prevent acne. A powder made from the dried root is used for athlete’s foot, as well as an insecticide and pesticide.