Angelica Root, Angelica archangelica from the Apiaceae (umbelliferae) family (also known as holy ghost root, archangel root, and dong quai) is widely thought to be a powerful guardian and healer, and to provide strength to women.
Grown largely in Eastern Europe the plant grows up to 2 metres high with fern like leaves and umbels of flowers. It has a strongly aromatic and large root. It has an earthy, rich herbaceous, pepper like, spicy and strong fragrance.
Steam distillation is used to extract the oil from the root.
Angelica has been praised since the middle ages as a plant of many virtues. It was used to strengthen the heart, stimulate circulation and during the plagues to strengthen the immune system.
Its many constituents comprise, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, d-3-carene, a-phellandrene, myrcene, limonene, b-phellandrene, cic-ocimene, trnas-ocimene, p-cymene, terpinolene, copaene, bornyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol, cryptone, etc
Its properties are, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febifuge, nervine, stimulant, stomachic and tonic.
Precautions: The oil is non toxic and non irritant, however the root oil is phototoxic. If applied to the skin it must not be exposed to sunlight or sunbed rays for 12 hours. Given its traditional uses to induce menstruation and despite no proof to show that it stimulates uterine contractions it is prudent to avoid during pregnancy.
Methods of use: Apply externally, avoid sunlight exposure for 12 hours after application.
Cautions: Avoid during pregnancy.