The archangel of the essential oils, there are 3 common slight variations of Angelica used around the world - A. archangelica (European), A. atropurpurea (American), and A. sinensis (Chinese). In the Orient, the Angelica herb plays a major and important role, only second to that of Ginseng, and has been used for more than 4,000 years.
Harvesting takes place in the second year growth. The entire herb/plant is aromatic and edible, including the root (being the most aromatic), the new leaflets (similar use to spinach, though bitter in taste), seeds, stems and stalks are considered a delicacy.
As used in herbal medicine, this is the pure oil from the root, having been steam distilled. Very relaxing and grounding. For temporary relief of coughs, pain of rheumatism, nervous tension and insomnia. Excellent for digestive upsets, especially due to nervous tension and stress. It has mild anti-coagulant properties.
It is said, generally speaking, that it is strengthens the heart, stimulates circulation and the immune system. Beneficial during illness, particularly coughs, colds and flu. It helps with relieving toxins, and water retention, eases arthritis, gout and rheumatism. Aids the digestive system, focusing on anemia, anorexia, flatulence and indigestion. As well as easing fatigue, migraines, nervous tension, stress-related disorders, and even insomnia. Helping with menstrual pains and disorders, whilst promoting fertility. Effective in skin care of dull and congested skin, irritated conditions, as well as psoriasis.
Safety Precautions : Flammable.
Blends well with : Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Patchouli, Vetiver and Citrus oils.
FACT : Old chronicles report that anyone who kept a piece of angelica root in their mouth all through the day would be preserved from the plague. It was held in such high esteem that it was called "the Root of the Holy Ghost".