Angelica Root Essential Oil
Angelica grows to 6ft fall with small leaflets and flowers that are yellow or green with pale yellow fruits. It grows in the wild in Russia and parts of Northern Europe, but is commercially grown in Eastern Europe and Asia.
- Botanical Family: Apiaceae
- Other Common Names: Wild Celery, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit Root, Archangel Root, Oil of Angels
- Part of Plant Used: Root
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: Angelica Root is primarily extracted via steam distillation, but can also be extracted by C02 distillation. Angelica Seed has the same scientific name as Angelica Root, but is often cheaper.
- Chemistry: Angelica Root is primarily comprised of monoterpenes: α-pinene, δ-3-carene, and β-phellandrene. It contains the furanocoumarin Angelicin, which contributes to its phototoxicity.
- Digestive: provides digestive support and relief for various digestive upsets
- Nervous System: soothes emotional upsets, and relieves exhaustion and nervous tension
- Respiratory: supports the respiratory system especially for situations involving anxious breathing
- Reproductive: supports reproductive health and helps calm PMS symptoms, also used to increase testosterone production
- Emotional: restorative, uplifting, grounding, and protective for the emotions
- Spiritual: supports the Root Chakra, associated with security, survival, basic needs, grounding, and support, supports the Heart Chakra with feelings of unconditional love
- Scent Profile: Base note that is sweet, herbaceous, and woodsy
- Longevity: The aroma of Angelica Root can last up to 31 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Herbaceous, Green
- Blends well with: Angelica Seed, Bergamot, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang
- According to Tisserand & Young: Angelica root is a strong phototoxic essential oil. Avoid the sun or artificial UV light for up to 12 hours after applying to exposed skin. Maximum dermal use: 0.8% to avoid phototoxicity.
- Angelica Root could stimulate contractions if taken orally and it is advised to avoid use during pregnancy or while nursing.
Products Using Angelica Root Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.