Angelica Root Essential Oil
Garden Angelica, Holy Ghost, Norwegian Angelica, Wild Celery.
- Angelica Root Oil is always there for you as a grounding, fortifying, energizing treatment. It is one of the most popular substances for boosting energy and maintaining a healthy, vitalized mind and body.
Farming Method Conventionally Farmed Country of Origin Hungary Plant Part Root Scientific Name Angelica archangel Application Method Bath, Compress, Diffusion, Topical
Although its name may evoke soft halos and melodious harp music, Angelica Essential Oil is a sweet, herbal and spicy aroma for times when you need to have both feet on the ground. Its warming and stimulating effects restore one’s vitality, strength and stamina, making life on earth manageable.
Because of its name, some inaccurate assumptions have been made about its effects on mind, spirit and emotions. Rather than invoking angelic energies, it helps to ground and stabilize angelic energy. People who lack earth energy can find great benefits in using Angelica Root Oil.
Nervous System: Angelica Essential Oil helps with anxiety and chronic fatigue. In Ayurvedic terms, it helps counterbalance the upward flowing energies of prana vata and udana vata in the chest area. This directly supports the relief of anxiety, chronic fatigue and low energy. It is a good oil for building physical stamina.
Angelica Root can help “shut down” the emotions—not an effect to be encouraged, but perhaps useful in a situation where you absolutely cannot afford to feel your feelings, such as during an emergency or in the case of recurring panic attacks.
Digestive System: Angelica has been used as a tonic for chronic stomach problems. It increases gastric secretion, stimulates the appetite and reduces flatulence and gastritis. Angelica Essential Oil is also great for chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma and sinus problems.
Circulatory System: In the circulatory system, Angelica is said to purify the blood and give relief to the heart. It also stimulates lymphatic drainage, and its warming, drying qualities help reduce water retention and cellulite. In addition, it may be helpful in the case of heart palpitations.
Here is how to use Angelica Root essential oil for various conditions:
Topical Application for localized use on the skin: Dilute up to 3% in any carrier oil (15 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.
Topical Application for whole body massage: Dilute up to 2% in any carrier oil (10 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.
Compresses: Dilute up to 3% in hot or cold water (15 drops per tablespoon of water). See precautions below.
- Nervous system disorders, weakness: Diffusion.
- Digestive system complaints: Topical Application, Compresses.
- Water retention, lymph drainage, cellulite and circulation: Whole Body Massage (diluted to a total of 2% in jojoba or hazelnut oil which means 10 drops per tablespoon), or add Angelica Essential Oil to your favorite body scrub.
- Bronchial asthma, sinus infection, respiratory complaints: Inhale directly from the diffuser. People with asthma may benefit from using this method on a daily basis.
Although Angelica Root Essential Oil is non-toxic and non-irritating, this oil is a strong photosensitizer, so wait at least six hours before exposing skin to direct sunlight. The oil is reputed to stimulate uterine contractions, so avoid use during pregnancy. Not for use on babies or young children.
For centuries, people have faithfully used Angelica for its highly prized fortifying and comforting properties. This is an herb whose purported powers span the body, mind and beyond. It has been a folk remedy known to do everything from supporting recovery from illness and warding off contagious diseases, to restoring lost appetite. It has even been known to eliminate nervousness.
One of the legends surrounding Angelica says that the herb was revealed to a monk in a dream as a cure for the plague. Old herbal texts refer to Angelica as a purifying agent, expelling toxins while easing gout, rheumatism and water retention.
About the Plant
Angelica is a tall, strong and stately plant that is often compared to Dong Quai or Ginseng. A biennial plant from the carrot family, Angelica is not only related to Chinese Dong Quai, but shares some of its vitalizing effects. In the past it was used much in the same way that Ginseng is today, and was just as popular.
Angelica can be steam distilled from the root or seeds, but the root is more potent than the seeds.
Scent: Angelica Root Essential Oil has a sweet, spicy and strongly herbal scent.
Blends With: When blending oils, keep in mind that it blends well with Clary Sage, Vetiver, Citrus oils and Patchouli.
Fragrance Note: Top to middle
Composition: Pinene, camphene, sabinene, phellandrene, myrcene, limonene, phellandrene, ocimene, trans-ocimene, p-cymene, bornyl-cryptone, bisabolene.