Angelica Oil – The “Angel Oil”

Angelica is another great essential oil which belongs to the family of Angelica archangelica. It has got a spicy undertone and a sweet herbal smell. It is usually referred to as European Angelica. The viscosity of this essential oil is medium and is mainly extracted from seeds of the herb and rhizome.  The origin of this plant is Asia and it was introduced later in some parts of Europe. The plant is native to Eastern as well as Northern Europe as well as some parts of Soviet Union and Asia.  It is also referred to as Angel Grass and its name is derived from them.

This herb was a major ingredient in Benedictine and Chartreuse liqueur. It was widely used in 16th century in Europe to counteract the deadly Black Plague which hit some parts of Europe. Apart from this, it was also used traditionally for perfumes, flavor grin, confectionery and cake decoration. The plant is water loving herb and is much larger in size. The leaves are broad pointed and are divided into smaller flowers which are greenish white in color and consist of smaller leaflets. The scent is very strong and consists of a large rhizome.


The method of steam distillation is used to extract Angelica oil. Some of the most important chemical constituents of angelica oil include cryptone, b-bisabolene, b-pinene, sabinene, terpinolene, copaene, and pentadecanolide among others.

There are some precautions involved with the use of Angelica oil. Sometimes the excessive use of this oil may cause photo toxicity which leads to irritation in skin. Also, as a safety measure one should avoid using this oil during the pregnancy stage. Also, diabetic people should use it with care. Some of the best therapeutic properties of angelica oil includes hepatic, emmenagogue, expectorant, digestive, diuretic, and tonic etc.

There is variety of uses associated with angelica oil. It is used to help in the treatment of arthritis, water retention, anorexia, migaraine, flatulence anemia, coughs and nervous tension etc. It also boosts the lymphatic system and detoxifies the body. Angelica oil also gives a positive effect on various respiratory ailments and other stomach related ailments; including indigestion, stomach disorder nausea etc. It is very much required in the vapor therapy so as to clear out lungs, pleurisy and bronchitis etc.

Angelica oil is used at many places as blended massage oil. It is also used widely in creams and lotions. It helps to increase the production of estrogen and this in turn leads to regulating and easing the monthly periods. Even though majority of the essential oils mixes well amongst themselves in terms of aroma, angelica oil blends beautifully well with patchouli, lavender, lemon, basil and mandarin.

Angelica oil’s fragrance promotes a sense of well being and as a result of which all the negative feelings and emotions are removed.  In some cultures it is used to connect the spiritual as well as the physical consciousness. Due to the rich history and wide medicinal benefits, angelia oil is in great demand these days.

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