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ANGELICA ESSENTIAL OIL
ANGELICA ESSENTIAL OIL OVERVIEW
Angelica is also known as Angelica Archangelica, Angelica Officialis, Archangelica officinalis, European Angelica, Garden Angelica, Great Angelica, and Wild Parsnip. Angelica is the European cousin of the more familiar Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis). A graceful flowering plant related to Carrots, Dill, and Fennel, Angelica is found as far north as Nunavut and Lapland and as far south as Syria and South Carolina. The plant has an intense yet sweet aroma more like Carrots than like Dill or Fennel.
Angelica is native to northern and central Europe, where it is known as "an angel in plant form." In the Middle Ages, this herb, an Umbelliferae member, was cultivated for its healing root. Because of its apparent detoxifying qualities, Angelica was regularly used in treating lung ailments and ulcers. The plant is now primarily used to alleviate bronchial problems and digestive disorders. It can also warm cold hands and feet by stimulating circulation and is quite effective in strengthening the body. Teas made from the root can relieve respiratory congestion. In the garden, angelica grows to an impressive height and emits a sweet, pleasant scent. With its bittersweet taste, this herb is valued not only for its many medicinal qualities, but also for its culinary appeal.
For centuries, Angelica root has been hailed as the ultimate remedy for poisons and all infectious maladies. It was said to protect against contagious diseases and for use as a blood purifier. One popular explanation of the name of this plant is that it blooms on the day of Michael the Archangel, the Great Defender (Old Style, May 8th) and so is believed to be a preservative against evil spirits and witchcraft. According to the legend, Angelica was revealed in a dream by an angel to cure the plague. All parts of the plant were believed to ward off spells and enchantment. Held in such high esteem, Angelica root, was sometimes called "The Root of the Holy Ghost." As a medicinal plant, Angelica was considered to have "Angelic" healing powers. Angelica has a long-standing, ancient record as a medicinal herb. About twenty different Native American tribes have used Angelica species for medicine, including the Creeks (Muskogee) who chewed the root and swallowed the juice for stomach disorders.
European Angelica was used in medieval times to ward off the plague and witches. It is said that, in the mid 1600ís an angel appeared to a monk during a dream with a message that it could protect against the plague. As a result of this experience, the monk renamed the plant Angelica (from that of wild celery), and the British Royal College of Physicians used it of formulate the "King's Excellent Plague Recipe." Needless to say, it did not stop the plague and soon fell into disfavor. Also, during this time the liquid extract was dropped into the solders eyes and ears before going into battle, in belief that it would improve their sight and hearing.
ANGELICA ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE
Angelica Root Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Root and / or seed
Note Classification: Top to middle
Aroma: Sharp, biting odor of green stems, just broken, herbaceous, with peppery overtones
Largest Producing Countries: Canada, Europe (Hungary) and Siberia
Traditional Use: Laplanders believe that chewing on Angelica Root prolongs life. In Chinese medicine Angelica is known for promoting fertility. It has been used for centuries in Europe for treating respiratory and digestive problems.
Properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, tonic.
Benefits: Accumulation of toxins, ammenorrhea, anemia, anorexia, arthritis, bronchitis, colds, coughs, dull and congested skin, fatigue, flatulence, gout, indigestion, irritated skin conditions, migraine, muscle aches and pains, nervous tension, psoriasis, rheumatism, stress related disorders, and water retention. Apply topically in a massage oil to help relief of muscle aches and pains or water retention.
Blends Well With: Citrus, Clary Sage, Costus, Oakmoss, Opopanax, Patchouli, and Vetiver essential oils.
Of Interest: Called the root of the Holy Ghost. Beware of using before being outdoors or participating in outdoor activities as it may attract insects.
Safety Data: The oil from both the root and seed are relatively non-toxic and non-irritant, however there have been a few cases of skin irritation reported, especially during times of sun exposure (phototoxic), so use with caution. Not to be used during pregnancy or by diabetics.
ANGELICA ESSENTIAL OIL USES
The elegant Angelica plant known as Angelica archangelica was named for its famed habit of blooming on the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel. A tall, stately and expansive plant, Angelica is considered one of the most potent herbs in the botanical world - a panacea for all ills. Similarly, the herbs essential oil seems to impart rejuvenation and strength to everyone who uses it. Extracted from either fresh roots or the seeds, Angelica oil is obtained from one of two different methods: steam distillation or solvent extraction. Both are available, but it's best to use the distilled oil for medicinal purposes. In addition, the root oil is more readily available and stronger than the seed oil. However, regardless of which type you use, Angelica oil eases these physical complaints:
On an emotional level, its balsamic, musky aroma eases these complaints:
- Boosts blood circulation.
- Eases respiratory ailments, including coughs, congestion and colds.
- Soothes digestive complaints, such as stomach aches, poor appetite, cramps and indigestion.
- Promotes sweating to relieve fevers.
- Lifts the spirits.
- Eases anxiety and promotes relaxation.
THERAPEUTIC EFFECT: Angelica oil contains lactones, acids, borneol, coumarins and terpenes, such as pinene. These components give the oil its strengthening effect on the body and mind. The oil can also stimulate the immune system and protect the body against infection. In addition, it relieves menstrual and intestinal cramps and alleviates indigestion, bloating and gas. Because it loosens mucus and quiets coughs, the oil helps relieve symptoms commonly associated with colds, flu and bronchitis. It is also effective for rheumatism, joint and muscle pain and helps relieve anxiety.
FOR RENEWED VITALITY
Angelica oil's fragrance has a stimulating effect that can promote emotional stamina and inspire new strength for daily living. Scent any room in the house by evaporating the following mixture in your aromatherapy lamp:
The relaxing, soothing effect of Angelica oil gently relieves headaches caused by mental overexertion.
1 drop of Angelica essential oil
20 drops of carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond or Olive bulk carrier oils.
Blend and massage the mixture onto your forehead and temples.
Inhalations with Angelica oil relieve respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis, colds, flu and congestion. The oil also loosens mucus and promotes expectoration, which helps to alleviate and calm stubborn coughs.
Add 2 drops of Angelica essential oil to a pot of boiling water, drape a towel over your head and inhale the vapors.
FOR FLU PREVENTION
Angelica oil boosts immunity and can help prevent viruses, including flu.
Blend a few drops of Angelica essential oil in a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over the bowl, inhaling the vapors.
Angelica oil's aromatic scent has a very beneficial effect on sleep.
Place 1 to 2 drops Angelica essential oil on the pillow to ease insomnia and promote a restorative sleep.
Added to the bath, Angelica essential oil can promote sweating, which helps reduce fevers as well as speeds the removal of toxins and wastes from the body.
FOR MOTION SICKNESS
Angelica oil can be used to relieve anxiety and nausea while traveling.
Dab a drop of Angelica essential oil onto a handkerchief or carry it in a vial to inhale the vapors.
For intestinal cramps, bloating and gas, take a Sitz Bath with Angelica oil to soothe and relax the digestive tract.
Add oils to a half-full bath and soak for 20 minutes. Rest for at least 30 minutes afterward with a hot water bottle on your abdomen.
FOR JOINT & MUSCLE PAIN
Massages with Angelica oil can alleviate joint and muscle pain from arthritis and rheumatism.
2 drops of Angelica essential oil
5 drops of Rosemary essential oil
2 drops of Juniper essential oil
1 ounce of Sweet Almond carrier oil
Combine oils and massage the blend into affected areas using gentle circular motions.
FOR MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
To alleviate menstrual cramps, use this blend.
Mix oils and massage the blend into your lower abdomen using gentle circular motions.
This blend can also be used on your chest to ease coughs or on the upper abdomen for intestinal cramps.
The components of Angelica oil can increase the skin's sensitivity to light. Do not use the oil before going out in the sun because pigment spots can form. Angelica oil may also irritate the skin, so only its diluted form is suitable for use. In addition, because excessive amounts of Angelica oil may overstimulate the nervous system, use the oil only in very small amounts.
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Mountain Rose Herbs: Angelica Root Essential Oil (Angelica Archangelica), Certified Organic Aromatherapy Products
Hungary is the country of origin and comes from cultivated organic plants. Angelica Essential Oil is available in 1/8 oz. to 16 oz. size selections.
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