Angelica leaves are known to protect against negative energy… but not in the way shown in Hocus Pocus 2. Angelica archangelica is a plant used for various purposes since the early 1600s (via University of New Hampshire). According to the same source, the roots, leaves, and seeds of the plant can be used to make a pleasant tea reminiscent of licorice, and the leaves can be added to salads. As stated twinningsAngelica has also been used as a medicine to stimulate circulation, support the digestive system, and fight chest infections, which has proven beneficial against plague. Even if Angelica can’t make the stairs magically appear in the blink of an eye, this is a powerful plant in its own right.
However, there is reason to believe that Angelica leaves have historically been considered an amulet that counteracts dark magic. Ms. M. Grieve, author of a 20th-century botanical reference book called The Modern Plant, wrote that Angelica’s heavenly name may be derived from her tendency to bloom on the day of the Archangel Michael, leading to legends about the plant’s ability to protect against sorcery and neutralize evil spirits (through botanical.com). Be that as it may, the supernatural association of the plant makes it a great addition to the narrative. There’s no shortage of enchantments in Hocus Pocus 2, so it’s good that Becky and Izzy have some Angelica up their sleeves.
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