Angelica Root or, more commonly known as Garden Angelica, is an African herb that made it’s way to Europe in the 16th century. This herb became a very popular treatment for those suffering from the plague. Angelica Root grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet, is adorned with bright green serrated leaves and, small aromatic flowers which have a slightly yellow or green hue. The footstalks are roughly 3 feet in length and have a reddish purple hue. The entire plant of Angelica in particular it’s roots, has long been valued for both it’s culinary and medicinal use.
Angelica is highly regarded for it’s medicinal properties. One study conducted in 2013 of a group of college students, found that inhaling Angelica Root essential oil not only decreased their level of craving for nicotine, but it also extended the length of time between cravings.
Angelica Root essential oil is favored for:
- Decongestant and Expectorant – Angelica may be a useful remedy for respiratory infections and is used to decongest the lungs, removing excess mucus during a cold, bronchitis and influenza.
- Stress – Angelica has a refreshing effect when smelled, promoting peace, calm and relaxation. It is used to relieve exhaustion, stress, and promote strength to a tired mind and, ease the pain of headache, migraine and toothache.
- Digestion Digestive – Angelica is considered to be an excellent tonic for the entire digestive system. It is said to stimulate the appetite, and is used for treating anemia, anorexia and may help in the recovery from a long illness. Its toning properties are used to strengthen the liver. Angelica is used to aid digestion, expel gas from the intestines, relieve cramps, ease indigestion, stomach ulcers and colic.
- Anti-Inflammatory – Angelica essential oil is used to reduce inflammation and, when applied to irritated skin may help alleviate psoriasis and eczema.
- Spasms – For coughs, leg and foot cramps.
- To Detox
- Rheumatism, arthritis and gout.
- Expectorant – Used to clear out the accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts and also fights the infections that cause colds, thereby giving relief from cough, cold, sinusitis, and congestion in the lungs.
- Stress, Anxiety or Depression – Used to relax the body, mind, and the nervous system. This becomes particularly beneficial in situations of shock, depression, anxiety, anger, and hypertension.
- Seizures – This oil contains Terpenes and is often used to help ease the onset of seizures.
- Bacteria and Viruses – Often used to help with bacterial of viral type of infections.
How to Use
- Place undiluted in a diffuser for a calming aromatic environment.
- When feeling sick or sluggish, or if you simply want to nourish your skin or uplift the senses and ease tension, add a 8 – 10 drops of Angelica with 1 cup of milk to a warm bath, disperse and soak for approximately 15 – 20 minutes.
- Add a few drops to your favorite hand lotion for daily skin rejuvenation.
- Great for muscle aches and pains, add a few drops to carrier oil then rub or massage on affected areas.
- Feeling exhausted? Put a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale for a few minutes.
- Use in aromatherapy for a restful night’s sleep by adding a drop or two to your diffuser or, apply under the nose prior to bed.
- For clearing phlegm, sinuses etc., add approximately 2 – 3 drops to 4 drops of steaming water, drape a towel over your head and inhale the vapors for 5 minutes, repeat as necessary.