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Home Page > Essential Oil Profiles > Angelica Root Essential Oil

Angelica Root Essential Oil

Here in the midwest, I had grown Angelica for a couple seasons. Its height and distinctive appearance was a unique backdrop to my other herbs. It is the root that is most frequently used for its arsenal of therapeutic properties.

A number of sources indicate that Angelica Root Oil may help fight infections, stimulate the immune system and help motivate the elimination of toxins.

Angelica Root Essential Oil also has a history of aromatherapy use towards combating stress, anxiety and exhaustion.

Aromatically, I find the aroma of Angelica Root Essential Oil to be pleasant. It is known for its use in perfumery and fragrancing. You will likely find Angelica Root Oil to be one that you don't prefer to use on its own, and will likely prefer to blend it with other oils. It's woody and peppery aroma blends well with wood oils like Cedarwood, Juniper Berry Oil, some of the spice oils, and I also enjoy blending it with Orange or Bergamot Oils.

Angelica Root is said to be a key ingredient in the flavoring of Benedictine and Chartreuse, both distinctively flavored liquors.

Angelica Root Essential Oil is a phototoxic oil. Several sources indicate that Angelica Root Oil contains bergapten, the same constituent that is responsible for the phototoxicity of Bergamot Essential Oil. (See below Safety Information section for more info).

Angelica Root Oil
Angelica Root Oil
     Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Root
(A seed oil is also available, but this profile is based on the root oil.)

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Base

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong

Aromatic Description: Fresh, peppery, woody, herbaceous.

Angelica Root Oil Uses: Dull skin, exhaustion, gout, psoriasis, toxin build-up, water retention. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 57-67.]

Major Constituents:
a-Phellandrene, m
Bornyl acetate
Humulene monoxide
[B. Lawrence, "Angelica Root Oil," Perfumer & Flavorist, December/January 1977, 31, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 140.]

Safety Information: Angelica Root Essential Oil is phototoxic. Although the steam distilled essential oil is preferred for holistic aromatherapy and is the basis for this profile, it's prudent to mention that Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young also mention that Angelica Root CO2 and Angelica Root Absolute are also possibly phototoxic. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87.]

Avoid Angelica Root Oil during pregnancy and diabetes. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 84.]

Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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