About Angelica Root Essential Oil
Traditionally used for rituals, purification and as protector against contagion, the uniquely earthy, woody "oil of angels" possesses a vast therapeutic repertoire. Angelica enriches the body and renews it. It supports winter wellness and vitality, as well as improved energy levels. This wild-harvested distillation is a musky, richly complex essential oil. Angelica has been used since the Middle Ages as a natural restorative or health tonic.
Often placed by early herbalists at the forefront of medicinal plants, angelica is at once gently stimulating and simultaneously sedating. Its relaxant effect renders it as potent as ginger in supporting digestion. This versatile oil also supports detoxification processes, and is employed for its supportive effect on respiratory function. Its calming and warming presence improves and strengthens the breath. In the mind, angelica enhances feelings of well being via its earthy grounding effects. Angelica can also assist in the revitalization of dull, congested skin by encouraging healthy microbial balance. The characteristic spicy, musky odor of Angelica serves double duty as a key ingredient in perfume blending.
How to Use Angelica Root Essential Oil
- Angelica essential oil can be applied topically (see photosensitivity information below), as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or diffuser.
- Add one or two drops of angelica oil to a massage oil, or in the bath to support lymph movement, to sooth and support digestive function or as part of an overall detoxification program.
- For women, apply one to two drops diluted in a carrier oil as a compress over abdomen to support a balanced monthly cycle. Inhale angelica oil in vapor or diffuser therapy to help support the lungs.
Angelica Root Essential Oil Recipes
- Skin Renew: Add two drops of angelica along with two drops of frankincense to a small amount of argan or jojoba oil and gently apply.
- Winter Breathing Formula: Add one drop Angelica, four drops spruce, two drops orange and two drops clary sage for a general breath assisting diffuser blend.
Interesting Angelica Root Essential Oil Information
Due to its almost miraculous healing powers, Angelica was known as "holy spirit root" in the Middle Ages. When the Black Plague swept over Europe, the herb was considered an antidote; its seeds and roots were burned to purify the air. "Angelica Water" was similarly employed when the plague struck London in 1665. Angelica is also used in the preparation of Vermouth and Chartreuse.
Safety Considerations for Angelica Root Essential Oil
Angelica oil is photo-toxic. Exposure to UV rays should be avoided for 24 hours after topical application. It is non-toxic and non-irritant, however, at low dosages. Avoid use during pregnancy and if diabetic. Do not take angelica essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending Information of Angelica Root Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Base to middle
- Odor: Musky, earthy, peppery, woody, herbaceous, spicy
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
- Dry-out: Amber, musk, vanilla
- Blends Well With: patchouli oil, clary sage oil, frankincense oil, vetiver oil, conifer oils such as pine oil, spruce oil, and fir oil, and citrus oils such as neroli oil, orange oil, petitgrain oil, lemon oil, lime oil, grapefruit oil
- Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica
- Family: Umbelliferae (Apiaceae)
- Composition: 100% Pure Angelica Root Essential Oil
- Origin: India
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-harvested
- Plant Part: Rhizome
- Color: Light yellow that darkens to yellowish brown with age
- Consistency: Thin
- Yield: low, 0.15% - 0.3%
- Bottle Size: 1 Dram (3.75 mL)