Angelica Essential Oil

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Angelica essential oil is digestive, expectorant, diuretic, stimulant, tonic, carminative and nervine; in aromatherapy, it is used in the treatment of psoriasis, irritated skin, dull and congested skin conditions, anemia, indigestion, migraine, arthritis, gout, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughs, colds, stress and nervous conditions. An aromatic water is also made from distilled angelica leaves to treat skin problems.

Name: Angelica Seed oil, France
Species: Angelica archangelica L. var. archangelica, fam. Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Part: Seed
Method: Steam Distillation
Class: Monoterpene
Country: France

Angelica Seed essential oil has a strong, fresh and light somewhat peppery aroma. It is also sweet with anise-like undertones, and less woodiness or earthiness than the root. The aroma of the seed dissipates quickly so the dry out notes are fairly weak.

Although the root is preferred in perfumery because of precisely the tenacity issue there are some benefits to choosing the seed oil over the root; mainly cost.

Characteristics & Principal Constituents: Angelica seed essential oil is used in more complex perfume mixes and contains mainly terpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes limonene and phellandrene; they undergo easy polymerization if the essential oil is improperly stored.

The main characteristic of Angelica oil is its earthy and rich smell wit spicy and fruity top notes. It blends very well with bergamot, coriander, frankincense, cedar wood, patchouli, vetiver and citrus essential oils.

Aromatherapy Uses: Although this essential oil has not very much use in aromatherapy, it is used as a good blood tonic and mixes well with other oils. It has been used to treat a wide variety of problems ranging from, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism, fever and stomach troubles as well as menstruation problems to name a few. An infusion from this herb/root can help to heal skin ulcers. It is recommended to chew the root if you have a hangover after an excessive consumption of alcohol.

Cautions: Angelica seed oil is non-toxic. It is however considered to be phototoxic, which means that after applying it on the body it is better to avoid direct sunlight for up to twelve hours. It should not be used when pregnant or if the person suffers from diabetes. It should be used only under supervision.

Angelica is a plant that belongs to a family of about 60 species and is found in temperate and sub-artic regions. It is found as far south as China and as far north as Iceland, but it is original from Hungary. The plant has been in use for its medicinal properties for centuries in various cultures such as Chinese and northern European countries. According to legend the reason it got the name angelica is because the angel Gabriel told humans of its medicinal value therefore it got its Greek name “arkhangolos”. It is known by few other common names such as “holy Ghost, “wild celery” and “Norwegian angelica”.

The Plant itself is large and “hairy” and blooms flowers in the month of June and has fern type leaves and can grow as tall as 7ft.

In the food industry, angelica is used as a flavoring agent and is also used in alcohol and other beverages. The stems of angelica are candied and used to decorate cakes; the dried root is used in bread making and angelica seeds are used to flavor pastry.

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