(Angelica archangehica, Angelica officinalis)
Family: Umbelliferae or Apiaceae
Description: Angelica is a biennial or perennial hairy herb with large, ferny leaves, white flowers and a large rhizome (underground stem). The essential oil is steam- or water- distilled from the roots and rhizomes.
Countries of origin: France, Hungary, Belgium, Holland, Germany
Characteristics: Angelica has spicy, peppery, herbal top notes and earthy, woody, musky undertones. It blends well with the citruses, and also with neroli, patchouli, frankincense, clary sage, cedarwood, vetiver, pine and juniper.
Main therapeutic properties: Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, depurative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, storsachic, tonic.
Angelica is one of the best essential oils to help convalescents fully recover and to generally restore strength and stamina. It is an excellent essential oil to use for the elderly. It counteracts weakness and fatigue, stimulates the immune system, and has a pronounced tonic effect on the nervous system. Overall, angelica is healing, balancing and fortifying.
With its excellent detoxifying and diuretic properties, angelica is much used in lymphatic drainage massage, and in body massage angelica relieves painful joints. It is a powerful general tonic for stress and nervous tension. Angelica can also help with indigestion and flatulence, and is good for respiratory problems, especially chronic coughs and asthma.
Psychologically, angelica is strengthening, soothing and healing. It helps you keep going when you feel faint-hearted and increases your perseverance. Angelica also increases your awareness of the angelic realms and helps you to be receptive and open to divine forces and energies.
Contraindications: Avoid in early pregnancy. Do not use if you have sensitive skin or are diabetic, and do not use in the sunlight. Use no more than 1 per cent.