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ANGELICA / (an-jel-ik-ka) / n. / 1. / Also called Angelica archangelica, a tall, ornamental plant with large white flowers native to Western Europe and Eastern North America; / n. / 2. / An aromatic biennial frequently used for medicinal purposes as an ingestible tea thought to soothe nerves and tension, and cure the common cold; / n. / 3. / A curative perennial herb that according to folklore was revealed to protect against the plague in the dream of an angel; / n. / 4. / An antibacterial root rich in vitamin B12, valeric acid, and linoleic acid that hydrates skin and can prevent acne, e.g. “avoid the black death—and a dehydrated complexion—with angelica.”

L’Occitane Angelica Gel Cleanser, $20, www.usa.loccitane.com.

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