This is a western variety of the Chinese angelica- don quai. The healing properties of angelica were so revered in antiquity that it was called the root of the Holy Spirit, the ether, and attributed to the Archangels Michael and Raphael, who was said to share the healing secrets of angelica with a monk to combat a plague epidemic. The plant has a flowing design that branches out with rich, green, serrated leaves and umbrella like clusters of tiny white flowers. Its root is brown and fleshy.
There are over 30 varieties of angelica grown around the world. Angelica’s root and seeds are used to produce the essential oil which has a musky, sweet, woody scent. Angelica, the historic “oil of angels” provides a lapse to luxury by providing calmed anxiety, restoration of happy memories, and peaceful sleep.
Properties and Uses:
High in Vitamin E; Iron, Vitamins A, B3, B12, B-Complex, C, Calcium, Sodium, Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Silicon- Volatile Oil, Bitter Iridoids, Resin, Coumarins, Valerianic Acid, Tannis
Values: Dispersing herb, Blood tonic, Antispasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Antifungal, Digestive tonic, Anti-rheumatic, Circulatory stimulant, Hormone stabilizer, mildly expectorant, Relieves constipation.
Angelica is a tonic and stimulant that seems to strengthen the immune system. Detoxifying and diuretic properties stimulate the circulation and lymphatic systems to eliminate toxins from the body, making it useful for cellulite, arthritis, and fluid retention. It relieves indigestion and flatulence, and alleviates digestive problems caused by stress. Angelica’s expectorant properties are beneficial in treating colds, bronchitis, and respiratory infections. It is great for dull, congested/clogged, or irritated skin. Prescribed by Ayurvedic and Chinese practitioners for, arthritis, abdominal pains, flu, and menstrual problems; angelica is also believed to have an affinity with the female reproductive system giving it the reputation as “the supreme female tonic” although it is equally valuable for both sexes.
As a dispersing herb– one that can move stagnated body fluids and redistribute the fluids throughout the body for more balance and harmony in the whole body system- angelica is able to build and strengthen the vital life force.
Eases bloating and soothes stomach cramps. As a regulator, calms the entire digestive tract.
Angelica contains selenium which helps to build the body’s natural barrier to disease and antioxidants Vitamin E for proper absorption. It’s silica content repairs tissue and iron lends to the production of healthy blood.
Heart and Blood:
It is the most revered heart herb of the east, because it can cancel out blood clots by doing away with patterns of blood stagnation. Angelica also increases circulation, improves coronary function, and stimulates the production of red blood cells. Its overall effect is soothing, which helps to stabilize minor heart irregularities, and relaxes the heart muscle to relieve stress on the heart.
Disperses stagnant energy and clears toxins from the liver.
Angelica is restorative for muscles and joints. It’s antirheumatic and can be used externally as a topical compress or rub in oil form by penetrating deep to reduce inflammation, remove toxins, ease aches, and relieve pressure through increased circulation to the area.
Angelica contains nutrients such as magnesium B12, and vitamin E which induce internal tranquility and warmth.
The zinc and calcium contained in angelica compensate for the deficiency of the nutrients in women who struggle with PMS depression, relaxing the symptoms of menses disorders.
Supreme Women’s Menopause
Angelica is one of the soundest herbs to use for the cycle of hormonal change as it stabilizes estrogen/progesterone production, and does so without estrogenic properties. It’s a powerful source of nutrients to boost vitality. It guards your heart, and helps to build bone marrow which can be a defense against osteoporosis- two very important concerns in menopause. It is soothing and sweet as it calms your nervous system and eases internal stress while stimulating circulation, enhancing concentration and memory. The aforementioned vitamin E offers a healthy dose of anti-aging benefits at this critical time of life.
Basic Powers: Protection, exorcism
- Do not use during pregnancy or if you are a diabetic.
- Do not use on skin exposed to sunlight.
- Angelica oil attracts insects.
Blends well With:
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RECIPE TO LIVE WITH
***Angelica Travel Oil***
Add 5 drops of angelica, 5 drops melissa, 5 drops peppermint, and 5 drops ginger to a small dropper bottle containing 1 fl oz. (30ml.) of sweet almond oil. Inhale or massage a few drops into the temples or around the back of the neck to relieve jet lag or headaches. A few drops massaged in a clockwise direction around the abdomen can ease stomach aches.