Angelica is a legendary plant. It is said that the Archangel Raphael gave it to people to protect themselves against the plague. With such a long history, the plant is now used for the extraction of Angelica essential oil. The oil is very well regarded when it comes to soothing digestive problems and cramps.
Most of the times, a bad digestion means less energy left in the body for other activities. Angelica can offer you that boost of energy simply by stimulating the digestive system to work properly. Once everything works as it should, you become more alert and animated. That’s one sure way to become happier about the small things in life.
The first part of this post will be about the uses and benefits of this amazing essence. You will learn there how to ease digestive problems with a few simple blends.
The second part of the article is reserved to more knowledge on Angelica essential oil. There are a few safety words that you should be aware of before using the essence. This doesn’t mean the oil is toxic or anything. It just means that, being an essential oil, it is very concentrated and it can have specific effects.
You should always complete your knowledge on all those essential oils that you’d like to use. This is the first step towards having control over your body and learning what helps it and what not.
Did You Know?
- Angelica plant looks like hemlock (conium) and cow parsnip (heracleum). They are both poisonous! You must be absolutely certain you’ve got the right plant to avoid poisoning.
How to Use Angelica Essential Oil to Gain More Energy and Stimulate the Digestion
Botanical name: Angelica Archangelica var. sativa, Angelica officinalis
Texture: thin oil.
Color and Aroma: colorless to light yellow. With age, it can become dark brown, which is when you have to stop using it. It has a musky and spicy fragrance. Some even compare its scent with Juniper or Musk.
Other names: Angel grass, Holy Spirit grass or root, Bohemian angelica, Angelic, garden Angelica, Norwegian Angelica, wild celery.
Its beneficial powers and properties have been acknowledged ever since the 16th century. That’s when the Black Plague started to hit Europe. People would burn its roots and seeds to purify the air and kill viruses and bacteria.
In ancient times, any root or flower that took care of a few conditions was highly regarded. That’s why angelica made no exception. People back then thought about it as life elixir.
There are two types of Angelica essential oils. One extracted from the seeds and the other from the roots of the plant. Sometimes, they are both combined. But the most common is the oil obtained from the root, as this one contains more active ingredients.
The complex chemical composition of Angelica essence contains:
- 17 – 30% Alpha-pinene. These act as decongestants and antivirals, but as anti-tumor agents also. They can stimulate all the vital processes.
- 10 – 18% Delta-3-carene. Has antimicrobial affects and it can also calm down the nervous system. The substance was proven efficient against anxiety because it can relax and slow down the brain activity. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
- 8 – 16% Beta-phellandrene. This one is the pair of alpha-phellandrene and they both give the oil its pleasant scent and flavor.
- 5 – 10% Limonene. Enhances the effect of all the other molecules and helps them get absorbed more efficiently.
- 3 – 14% Alpha-phellandrene. Has a fresh-citrusy flavor and it’s often used as flavoring agent.
- 2% Coumarins (bergapten). These substances can be toxic if consumed or used in large doses. They make the oil photo-toxic (not suited for sun exposure).
The oil also contains traces or very small amounts of other molecules/substances like myrcene or sabinene, etc.
How to Use Angelica Essential Oil (EO)
This is a very potent essence and it needs to be diluted when it’s used topically. For this you can add 6 – 24 (1 – 4% dilution) drops of EO in 1 Oz carrier oil (2 tablespoons).
That dosage is safe enough to use on local massages. It’s a safe and comfortable way of stimulating the digestion and relieving the gas and cramps in the digestive system.
You can also add up to 10 drops of Angelica in some bath salt (or milk) and add it to your steaming bath water. You can read more about the benefits of bath therapy with essential oils here.
Also, you can diffuse this aromatic oil in a candle burner or essential oils diffuser. There are quite a few methods of diffusing and inhaling essential oils. Most of them don’t cost anything either. Inhaling its beneficial molecules will help you feel better in a matter of seconds.
These molecules are so tiny that they can reach the brain, nervous system and the organs almost instantly. Injections being forbidden, inhalations use up to 70% of essential oil molecules. It has almost no side effect as long as you diffuse it for 10 – 30 minutes per hour.
Scientists say that less than 60 minutes’ inhalations can be beneficial to the mind and body. It can relax and slow down the heartbeat, lowering the blood pressure. Anything above this timeframe and the effects are the exact opposite.
A massage on the affected area with Angelica essential oil and a few minutes of diffusion can soothe your digestive problems.
What Makes This Oil so Beneficial for Digestion?
The essence has quite a few impressive health properties. They are the reasons why you can use this oil whenever you feel like your digestive system needs it. Let’s see what they are and how they can be of help.
1) Lack of appetite
Angelica essential oil is a good stimulant and its smell can trigger the production of saliva. These two qualities can help with the digestion and also give you back any lost appetite. Inhale deeply for 10 – 20 minutes from this oil, either from cupped hands or from a diffuser.
2) Gases and bloating
Unfortunately, there’s no way around them. Gases form when certain foods get combined and cause the body to react. Too much gas will bloat the stomach and give you the feeling of being full. That can affect your breathing and overall wellbeing as too much gas can squeeze your intestines. That usually causes cramps and pain.
Angelica essence can help relieve those gases in a natural and quick way, forcing them downwards. There is no other way to get rid of gases but to eliminate them. And if it still has to happen, it’s better to be quick, right?
Mix 12 – 18 drops of the essential oil in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. This one can be anything you have handy. Massage your stomach area and solar plexus with clockwise movements. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
You’ll notice how much better and animated you’ll feel when everything’s settled.
3) Abdominal spasms
They are unpredictable and involuntary and they usually happen because of dehydration. Other causes may also be tiredness and other abnormalities. When they happen, the best thing to do is try to relax and massage the stomach area gently with a blend.
While doing so, you will also inhale the oil and it will help your body relax and stop cramping. Angelica essential oil has antispasmodic effects. Once it’s applied locally, it will penetrate the tissue into the blood and then reach the digestive system.
- Angelica EO: 7 drops
- Peppermint EO: 4 drops
- Lavender EO: 3 drops
- Olive oil: 2 tablespoons
Shake well before use and apply a moderate amount on the stomach. Massage with clockwise movements and keep the area warm for half an hour. Repeat whenever you feel necessary.
4) Difficult digestion
Today’s diets are no longer balanced. There are many nutrients the digestive system needs for a proper digestion and doesn’t get from fast food, for instance. Add to that some stress and a hectic sleeping schedule. No wonder that so many people suffer from constipation.
Try to take your time when you eat and drink water before and after a meal with half an hour. Chew your food well, because the digestion starts in your mouth. The saliva is what breaks the food before reaching the stomach.
Help your digestion speed up a bit by applying a digestive blend after each meal (when possible). You could make it in a small roll-on bottle and keep it with you in your purse. That way it’ll be easy to massage your stomach area even at work or on a holiday.
- Angelica essential oil: 10 drops
- Cumin essential oil: 3 drops
- Anise essential oil: 2 drops
- Sweet Almond oil: 2 tablespoons
Always shake well before use and try to make a fresh batch every 2 – 3 weeks.
This is the medical term of an inflamed colon, its lining to be exact. This inflammation may happen because of many reasons. The truth is that a balanced diet, enough hydration and a good digestion will prevent it from happening.
In the meantime, if you suffer from colitis, you can use Angelica essence wholeheartedly. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which will soothe and heal the inflammation. And it has antibacterial effects, which will help destroy the bad bacteria that cause problems in the gut.
- Angelica EO: 5 drops
- Oregano EO: 3 drops
- Cajeput EO: 2 drops
- Carrier oil: 2 tablespoons
Apply this blend again on the stomach area and the lower back, using clockwise movements. Give it a few minutes and keep the area warm. You should do this 2 or 3 times a day for a week.
If the problem requires more time, you should use a different blend for a few days before repeating this treatment. We want to avoid the skin and body getting used to the same ingredients.
Did You Know?
- Angelica is used as food flavoring ever since the 12th century! The first to use it this way are considered to be the Sami people. They’d add it in their reindeer milk for a special flavor.
More Details about Angelica Essential Oil and a Few Safety Words
Now you know how to use the oil of Angelica. It doesn’t get much simpler than rubbing the stomach with it. You will see how it can improve your condition and prevent many others with a regular use.
If you’re curious to know more about the plant and its essential oil, then keep on reading. Before concluding the article, you will find a few safety words to help you enjoy all its benefits and none of its side effects.
This plant starts to bloom around the celebration day (8th May) of the Archangel Michael, also known as the Angel of the Sun. Angelica is another member of the Umbelliferae/Apiaceae family. The other relatives of it are anise, carrots, celery, and parsley among others.
The plant is thought to be native to Africa, but it grows freely all around the European continent. It likes the damp soil in northern European countries like Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark.
Sweden and Greenland are also good for angelica. But it can be found in the Faroe Islands, France, Germany, and Romania too. Thailand is another good place for it to grow.
Safety Words for the Use of Angelica Essential Oil
- Always test the oil for any allergic reactions. Apply a diluted drop on a small skin patch and wait a few hours before applying it in large amounts.
- Don’t use it on children, pregnant women or nursing mothers without medical approval.
- Also, never take the oil internally without the proper advice of a medical professional.
- Use the oil diluted at all times. It can be mixed with carrier oils, bath salts, milk or honey. Otherwise, you risk skin sensitization or irritation.
- Remember that the oil of Angelica is photo-toxic. This means you are not to expose yourself in the sun for at least 24 hours after using a blend with this oil. Citrus oils are also photo-toxic. Photo-toxicity means that the skin will react strongly to sunlight and get burned or irritated very quickly.
- Keep it stored in a dark, cool and dry place to avoid oxidation.
- Use this oil in moderate amounts to avoid the hyperactivity of the nervous system and headaches or nausea. The later symptoms may occur when you inhale it for longer than 1 hour, in a room without proper ventilation.
- Diabetics should also be careful when using this oil!
The benefits of Angelica essential oil make it very useful in having a good digestion. A good digestion is also ideal for your well-being and health. Plus, it can help you be more active, focused and animated throughout the day. Bloating or a slow digestion will take away all your energy and you can easily avoid all that.
Take into account the safety words above and maybe research this oil some more, to make sure you have all the answers. The oil definitely has the potential to help you feel better and more animated.
What is your opinion on this essential oil? Have you ever used it for any of the reasons mentioned in this article?