Angelica Root Essential Oil
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- Latin Name:
- Angelica archangelica
- Naturally Grown
About the Oil: This is an absolutely heavenly Angelica, very rich and beautifully complex, it is thought to assist in release of old emotional wounds.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
Angelica Essential Oil is a delicate oil extracted from the root of Angelica, a large 'fur covered' plant with ferny leaves and umbels of white flowers. Native to Europe and Siberia, it takes approximately 340 pounds of plant material to produce one pound of Angelica essential oil. From the thirty species of Angelica, Angelica archangelica is by far the most enjoyed for all its applications in aromatherapy. Its potency as a healing plant was noticed long ago, hence the moniker 'the root of angels'.
ABOUT THE OIL
Angelical root oil is steam-distilled from the dried roots of Angelica archangelica. The oil is a pale yellow to orange-brown colored liquid. Its viscosity varies according to the root material used for distillation ad the age of the essential oil.
Also known as the 'holy spirit root' or 'oil of angels', Angelica oil's healing powers were considered so strong as to be thought of Divine origin by Europeans. Angelica's history of use spans the entire globe. Stems of the plant were chewed during the plague of 1660 to mitigate infection; when burned, the seeds and roots were thought to purify the air. Angelica is said to bloom on the day of Michael the Archangel and on that account is used as an agent against evil spirits and witches.
Historically, Angelica is referred to as a purifying agent. Missourian tribes smoked it. The Alaskan Aleut peoples boiled the roots for application to both internal and external wounds in order to speed the healing process. The Chinese use at least ten types of Angelica. In fact, Angelica's reputation for support there is second only to Ginseng. Even Plato wrote about Angelica in reference to the legends of Atlantis. With such a long history of consistent praise, Angelica oil is a key addition to your aromatic toolbox.
Angelica Root Essential Oil blends well with: Patchouli, Opopanax, Cistus, Clary Sage, Oakmoss, Vetiver and all Citrus oils.
THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS
From Christine Wildwood’s The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy1:
- Stimulating & warming
From Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy2:
- Warming & comforting
- Purifying agent
- Aids in rebuilding body and soul
- Soothes all kinds of weakness
- Encourages inner strength and stamina
- “particularly suited to people who need solid grounding or who search for reality”
PROPERTIES OF ANGELICA REPORTED IN PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH
- Memory-improving activity5
- Increases skin permeability for better topical absorption6
- Anti-anxiety effects7
- Improved socialization8
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES
- Angelica exhibited strong antimicrobial activity against various bacteria known to cause a range of infections in humans, including food poisoning, urinary tract infections, and colon inflammation.3
- Essential oil from angelica root showed significant anti-seizure activity in mice.4
- Angelica caused improvement of memory deficits and prevented the death of hippocampus brain cells in mice.5
- Along with a number of other essential oils, angelica increased the absorption of ibuprofen applied to the skin in rats.6
- Angelica reduced anxiety-related behaviors in mice with similar efficacy to diazepam.7
- Mice treated with angelica oil were found to have decreased aggression as well as prolonged social interaction towards other mice.8
1 Wildwood, Christine. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.
2 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holysitc Aromatherapy, 2003.
3 Sowndhararajan, Kandasamy, et al. “A Review of the Composition of the Essential Oils and Biological Activities of Angelica Species.” Scientia Pharmaceutica, vol. 85, no. 3, 2017, p. 33., doi:10.3390/scipharm85030033.
4 Jain, Sk, et al. “Evaluation of Antiseizure Activity of Essential Oil from Roots of Angelica Archangelica Linn. in Mice.” Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 72, no. 3, 2010, p. 371., doi:10.4103/0250-474x.70487.
5 Nogami-Hara, Ai, et al. “The Japanese Angelica Acutiloba Root and Yokukansan Increase Hippocampal Acetylcholine Level, Prevent Apoptosis and Improve Memory in a Rat Model of Repeated Cerebral Ischemia.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 214, 2018, pp. 190–196., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2017.12.025.
6 Jiang, Qiudong. “Development of Essential Oils as Skin Permeation Enhancers: Penetration Enhancement Effect and Mechanism of Action.” Pharmaceutical Biology, vol. 55, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1592–1600.
7 Chen, Si Wei, et al. “The Effects of Angelica Essential Oil in Three Murine Tests of Anxiety.”Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, vol. 79, no. 2, 2004, pp. 377–382., doi:10.1016/j.pbb.2004.08.017.
8 Min, Li, et al. “The Effects of Angelica Essential Oil in Social Interaction and Hole-Board Tests.” Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, vol. 81, no. 4, 2005, pp. 838–842., doi:10.1016/j.pbb.2005.05.015.
- Assists those who are afraid, lack perseverance and have a tough time making decisions.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
- baths, massage
- Apply directly onto the solar plexus for nervous tension.
This Angelica has top notes of citrus peel that meld with caramel, light-scented musk and floral middle notes are grounded by cedar and rich earth undertones.
Non-toxic and non-irritant. The furanocoumarins present in angelica root essential oil sensitize the skin to UV light. The oil can be phototoxic, and should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight. Because of its coumarin content, internal use of Angelica may interfere with anticoagulant drugs. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
Do not use if pregnant or diabetic.