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Benefits of ANGELICA Root essential oil

Angelica Root essential oil benefits for health & healing

What is Angelica Root Essential Oil?

Angelica Root Essential Oil is also known as the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit Root, Archangel Root and Oil of Angels. This oil probably got its name because its healing powers were so great and vast that the origin must have been from a Divine Source. Energetically, this essential oil assists the user to be open to the higher realm.

Angelica Essential Oil has a history of aromatherapy use towards combating stress, exhaustion and anxiety. Aromatically, it has a very pleasant scent. That is why it is widely known to be used for perfumery and fragrance. Angelica essential oil is not usually used on its own but blended with other essential oils.

Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Part Typically Used: Root (A seed oil is also available, but this profile is based on the root oil.)
Color: Pale Yellow
Consistency: Thin
Perfumery Note: Base
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
Aromatic Description: Fresh, peppery, woody, herbaceous.

Benefits & Properties:

Anti-Spasmodic: What actually is a spasm? It is an involuntary and unpredictable contraction in the respiratory tracts, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and internal organs resulting in severe coughs, cramps, convulsions, obstructed blood circulations, aches in the stomach and chest, and other symptoms. The only way out is to induce relaxation in the affected parts, which this Essential Oil of Angelica is able to do. This oil relieves spasms and gives relief from the painful symptoms discussed above.

Carminative: Angelica Oil relaxes the intestinal and abdominal muscles and lets the gases pass through a downward motion, which is much healthier than letting them build up and push upwards on the torso. This gives immense relief from troubles related to excess gas, such as indigestion, stomach aches, headaches, cramps, flatulence, nausea, and high blood pressure.

Depurative: Depurative means an agent that purifies the blood. The Essential Oil of Angelica does exactly that with great efficiency. It speeds up the removal of toxins like uric acid and others, including excess salt, water, fat, and bile from the body through urination and sweat. Therefore, it also gives relief from ailments associated with their accumulation. In this way, it lowers blood pressure and reduces fat (protecting your heart) along with giving relief from troubles like rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and renal calculi.


Diaphoretic: Sweat may be the cause of annoyance for the majority of us, but it is actually one of the most beneficial things for your health. Sweating is the natural method for removing toxins and waste products from the body. Sweat is not just saline and foul-smelling water. Apart from the water and salts like sodium chloride and magnesium chloride, sweat also contains sebum, fats, uric acid, bile and other toxic elements that are not welcome in our body. Therefore, sweat performs the important task of disposing of them. Sweating helps to increase the potassium ratio in the blood, thereby reducing the blood pressure, lowering fat content, and decreasing weight. Furthermore, removing uric acid and other toxins can give relief from rheumatism and arthritis.

Digestive: Promotes digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive juices like acid and bile into the stomach. It also promotes the proper movement of food through the intestines and absorption of the digested food by intestinal villi.

Diuretic: As a diuretic, Angelica Essential Oil increases frequency and quantity of urination, which helps to remove excess water, salts, fat (urine contains up to 4% fat), and toxins like uric acid. This property may be bliss for those suffering from chronic renal failure, the excess accumulation of water in the body, or for those who are suffering from renal calculi, obesity, hypertension and symptoms associated with the accumulation of toxins in the body such as rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.  

Hepatic: The Essential Oil of Angelica gives good protection to the liver and makes it function well by stimulating secretions from that organ. It also protects the liver from infections and helps to heal wounds in it, if any are present.

Emenagogue: This oil also triggers the opening of obstructed menstruation and makes it more regular. As a bonus, one gets relief from the other symptoms associated with periods as well, such as headaches, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

Expectorant: Being an expectorant, the Essential Oil of Angelica clears out the accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts and also fights the infections that cause colds, thereby giving relief from cough, cold, sinusitis, and congestion in the lungs.

Febrifuge: This essential oil is also capable of reducing fever by fighting the infections that cause the fever. The diaphoretic and diuretic properties of this oil also contribute to this effect, since the removal of toxins and waste from the body speeds up the recovery time of infections. Perspiration also helps to reduce fevers.

Nervine: This oil also acts as a tonic for the nerves. It is effective in treating nervous afflictions and disorders and in strengthening the nerves. This, being a relaxant and a stimulant at the same time, sedates the nervous afflictions and relaxes them in cases of shock and hyper-reactivity, while also stimulating them in order to make us more active and alert.

Relaxant: This oil has a relaxing effect on the body, the mind, and the nervous system. This becomes particularly beneficial in situations of shock, depression, anxiety, anger, and hypertension.

Stimulant: In contrary to its behaviour as a relaxant, it is a stimulant for the systems functioning inside the body. It stimulates blood circulation, the secretion of hormones, enzymes, and other juices, and also stimulates metabolic processes, including digestion, absorption, and excretion. This attribute, in total, stimulates healthy growth.

The simplest sentence that can best describe its stomachic property is that it is good for the stomach. It maintains the stomach in a good shape by maintaining the proper balance of acids and bile and by protecting it from infections. It also helps heal any sorts of wounds or ulcers that are present in the stomach.

Tonic: This oil promotes the all round development of health, boosts growth, and strengthens the immune system of the body.

Other Benefits: It is good for the lymphatic system and provides an effective treatment for bronchitis, asthma, sciatica, headaches, infections, anorexia, anemia, and psoriasis.


The Essential Oil of Angelica blends well with basil, chamomile, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, and patchouli essential oils.

A Few Words of Caution:

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.

Angelica Root Essential Oil is a phototoxic oil (meaning-stay out of the sun when using it on skin). Several sources indicate that Angelica Root Oil contains bergapten, the same constituent that is responsible for the phototoxicity of Bergamot Essential Oil. (See below Safety Information section for more info).

Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. 

General Safety Information Disclaimer: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.





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