Angelica essential oil (Angelica archangelica) comes in two varieties: angelica root and angelica seed.
"Encaptured within [the] powerful fragrance [of angelica root] is the possibility to draw close to us those angelic forces that are receptive to our needs," writes Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. Worwood says the spiritual benefits of angelica root essential oil are to encourage strength, stamina, comfort, focus, solidity, grounding, and inner visions.
She goes on to say, "With gracefulness, angelica seed gently persuades the spirit to partake in the feast of the universe." Angelica seed encourages inspiration, creativity, focus, concentration, and inner vision.
Plant family: Apiaceae/Umbelliferae
Production: Two essential oils are steam distilled from the Angelica plant: Angelica root from the roots and angelica seed from the seeds.
Aroma: The root oil has a musky, earthy, rooty aroma, while the seed oil is lighter, fresh, and spicy.
Perfume/Aromatic Note: Middle. Blends well with patchouli, clary sage, vetiver, and citrus oils.
Is angelica safe to use during pregnancy? No.
Is angelica essential oil safe for children? Yes, well diluted.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art states angelica may help relieve depression and provide a new outlook on problems. "Angelica regulates menstruation and is a digestive tonic that stimulates appetite anda alleviates belching, gas, stomach cramps, and indigestion. It also aids the respiratory system and reduces coughing."
Aromatherapy for Dummies: Angelica is related to the Chinese herb dong quai (Angelica chinensis). Like dong quai, angelica may help regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve menopausal symptoms. "This is an ideal essential oil for women who experience nervousness associated with hormone issues or an upset stomach."
The Fragrant Mind: Angelica seed promotes peace and self-awareness and helps relieve doubt and mood swings.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: In Traditional Chinese Medicine angelica tonifies lung and spleen Qi, nourishes blood, calms the spirit, and opens the diaphragm to expel phlegm.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy lists the following uses:
For sleep, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils suggests rubbing three 3 drops (diluted) on your solar plexus.
To relieve congestion, use angelica in a steam inhalation or make a chest massage oil.
Here's a blend for connecting to your angelic guides from West Coast Aromatherapy:
Ways to use this blend:
I recommend angelica root essential oil from Young Living.