Dong Quai – Angelica sinensis
Dong Quai is an Asian herb, the common name for which translates from Chinese to mean “state of return.” According to legend, a monk was visited by an angel in a dream, who instructed him to use the root of the plant to make a tea as a remedy for the plague. It’s likely this event is why it was once known as “Root of the Holy Ghost.” Dong Quai is also commonly known as Chinese Angelica.
Safety: Avoid use while pregnant or if you have an acute viral infection. This herb may increase the effects of blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin.
Country of origin: China