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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 also writes, "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.
Is angelica safe to use during pregnancy? No.
Is angelica essential oil safe for children? Yes, well diluted.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
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 and 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 Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy lists the following uses:
Use can make a massage oil or aromatherapy bath using angelica. To relieve congestion, use the essential oil in a steam inhalation or make a chest massage oil.
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. For sleep, the book suggests rubbing three 3 drops (diluted) on your solar plexus.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume 2: Psychologically, angelica root stabilizes the mind, promotes integration, and promotes willpower and perseverance. Physically, the oil restores weak/hypotonic and relaxes hypertonic/tense conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the essential function of angelica root is to activate the Qi, harmonize the Middle Warmer, and calm the Shen.
The Fragrant Mind: Angelica seed promotes peace and self-awareness and helps relieve doubt and mood swings.
Essential Oils Desk Reference: The fragrance helps release pent-up negative feelings.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, angelica essential oil opens us up to heavenly messages. Mentally, this essential oil can help calm mental chatter and create a sense of serenity. Emotionally, the oil can help release emotional wounds and clear away unnecessary emotional baggage and outside negative influences.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Angelica essential oil connects us with angels, especially when used with the seventh chakra.
Subtle Aromatherapy also describes this essential oil as one that connects us to angelic realms.
To strengthen the mind and spirit, use angelica root (perhaps combined with lemon or lemongrass) in an aromatherapy diffuser, according to Complete Aromatherapy Handbook: Essential Oils for Radiant Health.
Add essential oils to a two-ounce squeeze bottle. Fill bottle with carrier oil. Close bottle and shake well to mix.
Stir together the following ingredients:
Stir the blend into your bathwater.
Source: Eden's Garden
Here's a blend for connecting to your angelic guides:
Ways to use this blend:
Source: West Coast Aromatherapy
Photo Credits: Plant by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, Public Domain. Hands by nikkized / 123RF Stock Photo.