Angelica Root Essential Oil
Overview and How to Use
Our Angelica Root Essential Oil is part of our Artisan Quality line of essential oils and comes from a small co-op in Canada.
With its deep, earthy aroma, Angelica Root Essential Oil (Angelica archangelica, A. officinalis) has been described by some aromatherapists as having anchoring, restorative and strengthening properties. The aroma of Angelica root essential oil has more base note power than that of the seed oil of Angelica.
Unlike the essential oil extracted from Angelica seed, the essential oil of Angelica root is phototoxic so use on the skin should be avoided for 24 hours before exposure to the sun or tanning lamps. Otherwise, the properties and uses are very similar to those of Angelica seed essential oil and the aroma is pleasant to most people when used alone or in blends with other essential oils.
If you want to enjoy this essential oil during the daytime, when exposure to the sun is likely, the best method of use is in a diffuser (so that the essential oil does not contact the skin). When exposure to sunlight or tanning lamps will not be an issue, this essential oil can also be properly diluted and used for massage or in baths, warm compresses, body sprays, lotions, or diluted roll-ons. Angelica root essential oil can also be used in traditional steam inhalations but as this method will leave some of the oil on the skin of the face, it should not be used when sun or tanning lamp exposure will occur within 24 hours.
Angelica archangelica is one of the most beautiful members of the Apiaceae plant family and is a striking presence in the herb garden during the Spring and early Summer. It grows well in the slightly acidic soil of our mountain garden and by July, the large, lacy, white flowers have gone to seed. Although Angelica is often described as a biennial, it can take several years to bloom so patience is required if you want to grow this plant. After the plant has flowered and produced seed, its roots are harvested in the Fall.
There are over thirty different species of Angelica but Angelica archangelica is the only one that is widely used in aromatherapy.
For more information on the botany of this beautiful plant, see our product description for Angelica Seed essential oil.
As an herb (not as the essential oil), Angelica was highly esteemed in the past in both western and eastern traditional practices. In Europe, it was one of the most important herbs of the middle ages and was used for ailments of the lungs and digestive system, as well as a preventative during epidemics. In Chinese Medicine, a number of different species of Angelica have also been used in herbal preparations for respiratory and digestive issues as well as for complaints involving the female reproductive system, such as menstrual cramps.
For more information on the historical uses of Angelica herb, see our product description for Angelica seed essential oil.
- Warm and Dry
- Main Element: Metal
- Secondary Element: Earth and Water
- Tropisms: respiratory and digestive
- 7th Chakra
Follow general safety guidelines for use of essential oils, as noted in the box below. Angelica root essential oil is PHOTOXIC and should not be applied to the skin for 24 hours before exposure to sunlight or tanning lamps. Otherwsie, it is generally considered non-toxic and non-irritant IN SMALL AMOUNTS; use sparingly.
Some aromatherapists have cautioned against use of Angelica root essential oil during pregnancy and in cases of diabetes. Although we do not advise internal use of ANY essential oils except under properly qualified medical supervision, some experts have specifically cautioned against internal use of Angelica root essential oil.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. Its is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant. All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.