Angelica has a long history of use in Europe where it originates from. It’s one of the primary ingredients in gin — which was first formulated as a health tonic to ward off infection.
This herb is most famous for its use as a treatment against the black plague in the 1600s. It was so widely used, it was thought the herb was brought to humans before the plague by an angel as protection from the plague — hence the botanical name Angelica archangelica.
Today, Angelica isn’t nearly as popular as it once was. Today, the herb is used as a bitter, carminative, and antibacterial for digestive tract infections.