Common Name: Angelica Root
Scientific Name: Angelica archangelica
Family: Umbelliferae or Apiaceae
Origin: Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Hungary and Northern India. Angelica is a stout biennial or perennial herb which grows up to 2 metres high with a large rhizome. It is cultivated in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Hungary and Northern India.
Properties and Characteristics
Angelica Root essential oil is a pale-yellow to orange-brown-coloured liquid. Its viscosity varies according to the root material used for distillation and the age of the essential oil. Beneath the peppery top note is a rich, somewhat herbaceous-earthy, woody base note of unique tenacity and great diffusive power. The base note is slightly musky-animal-like with a spicy undertone.
Method of Extraction: Angelica Root essential oil is steam-distilled from the dried roots of Angelica archangelica.
Precautions During Use (Contraindications)
Angelica root essential oil is non-toxic and non-irritating. The furanocoumarins present in angelica root essential oil sensitise the skin to UV light. It is considered phototoxic.
Herbal preparations of angelica root are contraindicated in pregnancy as it is a uterine stimulant and an emmenagogue. Davis and Tisserand do not state that the oil is contra-indicated during pregnancy whereas Lawless says it should be avoided.
Subtle Aromatherapy (for mental and emotional wellness)
Always follow established essential oil safety guidelines!
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