Plant Origin: France
Method: Steam distillation from roots
Cultivation: Unsprayed (organically grown but not certified)
Chemical Family: Monoterpene
Aroma: Peppery, woody, herbaceous
Actual Key Constituents:
alpha Phellandrene 17.20%
beta Phellandrene 7.6%
para Cymene 4.20%
Ocimene <E-beta> 2.52%
Children? No cautions mention in Tisserand/Young's Essential Oil Safety.
Pregnancy/Lactation? Herbal preparations of Angelica Root are contraindicated in pregnancy, but neither Davis or Tisserand make this statement about the essential oil.
Properties and Uses:
Angelica Root has anticoagulant and relaxant properties and may be helpful for anxiety and nervous fatigue. It is traditionally used for throat and lung issues, digestion issues and menstrual issues. It is reputed to have excellent detoxifying and diuretic properties. Used in carrier oil, it is said to improve lymph drainage, support healthy joint function, fluid retention and cellulite.
A study done in 1999 found Angelica Root the most effective of three essential oils to inhale for nicotine withdrawal (the other two oils were Lavender and Helichrysum - see Clinical Aromatherapy, page 357).
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired.
Phototoxic - Avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light unless the dilution rate is 0.8% (which less than 6 drops per ounce of carrier).
Internal: Angelica Root is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application." Click here for information about internal usage.
Hopewell Essential Blend with Angelica Root:
Herbal preparations of Angelica Root are contraindicated in pregnancy, but neither Davis or Tisserand make this statement about the essential oil.
Phototoxic - avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light unless the dilution rate is 0.8% (which is less than 6 drops per ounce of carrier).
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 161-162.
Buckle, Jane, Clinical Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition 2003, page 357.
Davis P., Aromatherapy An A-Z, C.W. Daniel Company Ltd, 2000.
Price, Shirley and Len, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Third Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2008.
Tisserand, Robert, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition 2014, page 194-195.