A Guide To Angelica Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

A Guide To Angelica Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses | Top: Hands in an energy field. Bottom: Angelica plant.

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.

Basic Angelica Facts

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.


  • Angelica root can cause skin to become photosensitive, meaning your skin is more likely to burn when exposed to UV light from the sun or tanning beds. Avoid UV light for at least 12 hours after applying angelica root to your skin.
  • Angelica may cause skin irritation or sensitization in a few people.
  • Used in large amounts, angelica may overstimulate the nervous system.
  • Some sources suggest people with diabetes shouldn't use angelica.

Main components:



Root Oil


Seed Oil


Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Benefits Of Angelica Essential Oil

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.

Angelica Oil Uses

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy lists the following uses:

  • Angelica root: coughs, sinus problems, arthritis, gout, physical fatigue, and stress-related conditions
  • Angelica seed: menstrual problems, coughs, colds, indigestion and other digestive problems, flatulence, stress, anxiety, nervousness, and skin care for normal, oil, or sluggish skin

Use can make a massage oil or aromatherapy bath using angelica.

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:

  • 2 drops angelica essential oil
  • 3 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 4 drops goldenrod essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 6 drops cistus essential oil
  • 7 drops elemi essential oil
  • 12 drops mandarin essential oil

Ways to use this blend:

  • In a diffuser
  • Diluted in a carrier oil (3% or less for topical use) and used as a perfume or as a body or massage lotion
  • Blended with distilled water in a mister bottle and used as a room spray — 20 drops in 1/2 cup distilled water
  • In a personal inhaler (8 to 15 drops)

Buy Angelica Essential Oil

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Photo Credits: Plant by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, Public Domain. Hands by nikkized / 123RF Stock Photo

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