Origin of Angelica Oil
The plant is said to originate from Africa and was introduced to Europe in the 16th century. It is called Angelica, since it normally flowers on the 8th May, which is St Michael the Archangel's Day, and for this reason it is often planted in monasteries and is referred to as "Angel Grass".
This herb is included in the famous Chartreuse and Benedictine liqueur. When the Black Plague swept Europe, the herb was considered an antidote for it. It is also used to flavor gin, perfumes, and traditionally candied for cake decoration and confectionery.
The essential oil has an earthy, peppery, musky smell. It is a good expectorant, an excellent digestive, and helps with rheumatic conditions, indigestion, flatulence and colic. It has a calming effect on the digestion and is very warming and relaxing. Although essential oils blend and mix well aroma-wise with one another, Angelica oil does go very well with basil oil, chamomile oil, geranium oil, grapefruit oil, lavender oil, lemon oil, mandarin oil and patchouli oil. The Angelica Oil also mixes well with Neroli oil, Rose oil, Rosewood oil and Violet oil. However, the root oil is photo toxic, so one should avoid exposure to sunshine after use or it may cause skin irritations. It is also not to be used during pregnancy.
Uses of Angelica Oil
It should be avoided during pregnancy and by diabetics. It can cause skin irritation in higher concentrations and also photo-toxicity. In higher doses, it can cause excessive stimulation or hyperactivity of the nervous system.
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