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About Angelica

INCI name
ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA ROOT OIL
Essential oil name
Angelica essential oil
Origin
Belgium
Part used
Roots
Scent
Green, herby, peppery
Extraction method
Steam distillation
Production
Between 4 and 8 ML of angelica essential oil from 1 KG of plant*
*: Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Garden angelica, Wild celery, Norwegian angelica.
Latin name
Angelica archangelica
Botanical family
Apiaceae
Plant detail
During its first year it grows only leaves, but during its second year its stem can reach a height of 80 cm to 2.5 m. The former name of this family, Umbelliferae, refers to the greeny-white flowers grouped into large and globular umbels. Angelica grows only in damp soil, preferably near rivers.
Flowering period
July-August
Native region
North Europe / North America

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Angelica Essential Oil is a sweet, herbal smelling oil with a spicy undertone. Having been used for centuries thanks to its numerous health benefits, Angelica Oil is extremely popular in aromatherapy.

Benefits of Angelica Essential Oil

1. Antispasmodic

Spasms can affect multiple processes within the body, including the nervous system, respiratory system, muscles and joints. This can result in cramps, coughs and aches.

Alongside Lavender Oil and Rosemary Oil , Angelica Essential Oil has potent relaxing properties to relieve spasms and act as a natural pain reliever.

2. Detoxify

Angelica Oil is both a diuretic (promotes urination) and a diaphoretic (promotes sweating), which makes it great for detoxing the body. Angelica Essential Oil can help speed up the removal of toxins to leave you looking and feeling healthier.

3. Aids digestion

With its ability to trigger the production and secretion of digestive juices, not only does Angelica Essential Oil stimulate the digestive system, but it also works to repair it in the long term.

4. Boosts nervous system

Angelica Essential Oil acts as a tonic for the nerves, both treating nervous afflictions and strengthening the nervous system.

It has the ability to act as a relaxant and a stimulant, so it can both soothe the mind and stimulate the nerves to help them heal themselves.

5. Improved wellness

Angelica Essential Oil is great for emotional as well as physical health. It works to calm and soothe the mind to alleviate stress and anxiety and trigger feelings of tranquillity and an uplifted mood.

Its properties as a tonic also contribute to overall health and immunity to give you an all-round boost.

What is Angelica Essential Oil used for?

Drain

Thanks to its ability to flush toxins out of the body, Angelica Essential Oil can drain and detox your skin.

A build-up of impurities in the blood and skin tissues can lead to pigmentation, puffiness, rosacea and other skin care concerns. By stimulating blood circulation and eliminating these harmful elements, Angelica Oil can leave skin healthier than ever.

Soothe

Angelica Essential Oil has highly soothing properties. When applied topically, it works to calm the epidermis and heal problems such as eczema and breakouts.

Other Essential Oils that are great for soothing irritated skin include Chamomile Oil and Clove Oil.

Revitalise

Dull, lacklustre skin can leave you feeling less than yourself, but Angelica Oil can be the perfect remedy to reignite your radiance. With its chemical properties that work to restore the microbial balance, skin will be left renewed and revitalised.

Where does Angelica Essential Oil come from?

Originating from Africa and now native to northern and eastern Europe as well as parts of Asia, the Angelica plant is a large, water-loving herb with small, white-green flowers.

Angelica Essential Oil is extracted from the roots and seeds through a process of steam distillation.

History of Angelica Essential Oil

It’s all in the name

The word ‘Angelica’ derives from the fact that it normally flowers around the 8th of May, which is also St Michael the Archangel’s Day.

For this reason, the beautifully delicate plant is often planted in monasteries and churches, referred to as ‘Angel Grass’, or the ‘Holy Spirit Root’.

An early remedy

As the Black Plague swept through Europe, Angelica Essential Oil was introduced by Royal Prescription as it was believed to be the antidote.

A plant of many words

In Lapland, garlands of Angelica were gifted to poets in the hope that its intoxicating aroma would provide literary inspiration.

Facts about Angelica Essential Oil

#1

The female healer

In China, Angelica Essential Oil is renowned for its ability to provide natural relief to women's ailments, including menstruation and menopause.

#2

The secret ingredient

The French used Angelica in the production of various liquors, including the famous Chartreuse.

#3

Ancient protection

Centuries ago, Angelica Oil was believed to ward off evil spirits and the perils and threat of witchcraft.