This section is from the book "Meals Medicinal", by W. T. Fernie. Also available from Amazon: Meals Medicinal: With "Herbal Simples" Curative Foods From the Cook in Place of Drugs From the Chemist.
The candied stems of this aromatic English herb, as sold commonly by our confectioners, are of excellent service to relieve the flatulence of weakly digestion. They smell pleasantly of musk, being a capital tonic, and carminative. Furthermore they are antiseptic. It was said in the Speculum Mundi (1643):
"Contagious aire ingendering pestilence. Infects not those, who in their mouths have taine Angelica, that happy counterbane".
The herb is known as Masterwort, or more popularly, "Jack Jump-about," also as Lingwort. It is grown abundantly near London, and may be cultivated in our gardens. Its peculiar resin, "angelicin," is stimulating also to the lungs, and the skin, especially for aged, and feeble persons with bronchial catarrh. Some writers have said this plant - the Archangelica - was revealed in a dream -by an angel to cure the plague; others aver that it blooms on the day dedicated to Michael the Archangel (May 8th, old style), and is therefore a preservative against evil spirits, and witchcraft. Angelica taken somewhat freely as a sweetmeat will cause a distaste for alcoholic liquors.