Angelica Seed Essential Oil
Overview and How to Use
Angelica Seed essential oil has been described by aromatherapists as having restorative and strengthening properties and has been said to promote emotional balance. We find that this is a pleasant oil to use alone or in combination with other essential oils and we like to put a drop or two in an aroma locket, on a fan diffuser or in a steam inhalation. A few drops can also be used with proper dilution for topical application, including massage, warm compresses and baths. Unlike Angelica root essential oil, which has similar properties, Angelica seed essential oil is not phototoxic so, when properly diluted in vegetable oil, you can use it on the skin prior to sun exposure.
In natural perfumery, Angelica Seed essential oil is prized for its fresh, spicy scent, which has more top note impact than the essential oil derived from Angelica root. Aromatically, it blends well with citrus oils, conifer and fir oils, Clary Sage oil, Frankincense oil, Patchouli oil and Vetiver oil.
Angelica archangelica, the plant from which Angelica Seed essential oil is derived, is a beautiful, large plant with hollow stems and big, lacy, white flowers. It is a member of the Apiaceae plant family, which was formerly known as the Umbelliferae family. This is a very large plant family that includes over 3700 different species distributed across more than 300 genera. Other plants in this family include parsley, celery, carrots, anise, coriander, dill, fennel and others, a great many of which are aromatic and also produce essential oils.
The defining characteristic of the Apiaceae plant family is the production of flower clusters, known as inflorescences, which are usually more or less umbrella-shaped, although this shape is more pronounced in some members of the family than in others. Dill and wild carrot (so-called Queen Anne’s Lace) produce blooms that are similar to those of Angelica.
Angelica is usually described as a biennial, because it does die after flowering and producing seed one time, but it can take more than two years to flower so some botanists prefer to call it a perennial. Angelica archangelica grows well in a mostly sunny spot in our gardens here in the Appalachians and we find a native species of Angelica growing at higher elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway and at Mount Mitchell State Park nearby. The plant is stately and majestic and has an imposing presence in the herb garden. We have observed that the rather fleshy blossoms apparently ferment on the wild species in late summer and that the bees that flock to those blossoms seems to get drunk on the nectar.
Unless otherwise noted, information on historical uses refers to traditional herbal preparations of the plant and NOT the plant’s essential oil.
In Chinese Medicine, Angelica herb was highly revered and was said to be associated with the respiratory and digestive systems, as well as the female reproductive system. It was used to fight infection, normalize menses, and address digestive complaints. Some modern practitioners of Chinese Medicine have also used the essential oil of Angelica.
Angelica herb (mostly the root) was in use in European medicine as early as the 10th century. It was mentioned in a pamphlet published by the Royal College of Physicians in 1665, the year of the Great Plague. It was probably the single most important herb of the Middle Ages due to the strong belief people had that it could prevent and treat all kinds of epidemics.
The name alone, which identifies Angelica as an herb of the Angels, tells you that this plant has been regarded in folk medicine and myth as a very powerful plant. It was believed to protect against witches, evil eye and all kinds of bad spells and influences. Angelica Seed has also been known as Herb of the Holy Spirit and Herb of the Holy Ghost.
- 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. This essential oil is generally considered non-toxic and non-irritant IN SMALL AMOUNTS; use sparingly. Some aromatherapists have cautioned against use of Angelica Seed 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 seed 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.
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