Angelica is the herb of the angels, and is also known as Angelica Archangelica. The herb belongs to the parsley family and grows in Asia and northern Europe. It comes into bloom during spring, just in time for the archangel Michael's festival Michaelmus.
There are many legends about the powers of Angelica, and one example took place in 1665. A community of monks who were suffering from the plague were saved, when one of the dreamt of an angel telling them to chew on angelica. The monks ate the herb and were quickly cured.
Angelica has known many uses as a remedy over the centuries, and it can be used to cure rabies, gastritis, coughs and pleurisy. Its juices were even poured into ears to try and cure deafness. Its seeds are still included in Benedictine, a French liqueur created by Benedictine monks. Angelica has also been used to protect against evil, and its roots were believed to prolong life and ward off witches.