About Angelica Root Essential Oil
This exceptional Angelica Root Essential Oil is part of our artisan-created line of essential oils. It comes from an expert distiller in Canada who produces limited quantities of a few, very special, essential oils. These unique essential oils are extracted from plants that our distiller grows himself or ethically harvests from the wild.
Angelica Root Essential Oil has a pleasant and earthy, musky-green aroma with subtle spicy notes. Historically, the herb was one of the most important herbs of the Middle Ages and was used for spiritual protection, as well as protection against contagious illnesses.
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Today, Angelica Root Essential Oil is described by aromatherapists as having restorative and strengthening properties that make it useful for people experiencing fatigue and stress-related problems. It’s also been used in aromatherapy for supporting the digestive, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems, for revitalizing dull and congested skin, and for routine menstrual issues.
There are over thirty different species of Angelica but Angelica archangelica is the only one that is widely used in aromatherapy.
How to Use Angelica Root Essential Oil
Angelica Root Essential Oil is appropriate for inhalation and, by following the precautions outlined below, for topical application as well. It’s also widely used in perfumery for its distinctive aroma and it provides more fixative power in these applications than does Angelica Seed essential oil.
The Essential Oil of Angelica Root is phototoxic. Standard safety advice states it should not be applied to the skin for 12 hours before sun exposure or use of tanning lamps unless it’s been properly diluted in vegetable oil. The recommended maximum safe concentration for application prior to ultraviolet exposure is 0.8%; for reference, a concentration of 0.5% equals 3 drops of essential oil in 4 teaspoons of vegetable oil.
Angelica root essential oil can be used in traditional steam inhalations but since 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 12 hours of use.
Some aromatherapists have cautioned against use of Angelica Root Essential Oil during pregnancy and in cases of diabetes.
Angelica Root Herb and Essential Oil in Traditional Medicines
The name alone tells you that Angelica root was considered a very, very powerful plant ally in traditional medicines and it was, in fact, one of the most highly revered herbs of the Middle ages. Known in those times as “Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost” root , angelica root was believed to have both spiritual and physical purifying and protective properties for which it was employed during the Great Plague of that era.
As an herb, angelica root was highly esteemed in the past in both western and eastern traditional practices. In Europe, it 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 root or seed 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.
In classical Chinese Medicine, the herbal energetics of angelica root are described as Warm and Dry. Its main elemental correspondence is Metal. Its main actions in classical Chinese Medicine include the following:
- increase guardian chi (which means that it helps ward off infections
- strengthens the Lung Qi and rids wind and dries damp in the lungs (said to be good for colds and flu, especially where the chest feels tight and coughing is not productive)
- strengthens the Spleen and is good for many digestive complaints
- normalizes and regulates menstruation
Research Links for Angelica Root Essential Oil
Follow general safety guidelines for use of essential oils, as noted in the link below. Angelica root essential oil is PHOTOTOXIC and should not be applied to the skin for 12 hours before exposure to sunlight or tanning lamps unless diluted as described above. Otherwise, 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. Since midwives have traditionally used angelica root as an herbal preparation to stimulate labor it seems especially wise to avoid the essential oil during pregnancy. 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.
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