Angelica essential oil has so many proven benefits. It kills bacteria, fungi, and can reduce nicotine cravings.
Plus the oil has a long history. It was used in Europe during the Middle Ages. And in Ayurveda to treat headaches, colds, wounds, rheumatoid arthritis and so much more!
Angelica Essential Oil Properties
Botanical name: Angelica archangelica.
Don’t confuse angelica with dong quai or female ginseng, whose botanical name is Angelica sinensis.
Color: It is pale yellow to light brown.
Smell: Angelica oil smells earthy, musky and a little peppery.
Compounds in the oil:
The oil is made with angelica root. But its age affects the composition of the oil. So expect lots of variation.
For the most part, the main compounds are alpha-pinene, delta-3-carene and limonene. Other compounds include alpha-phellandrene, beta-phellandrene, beta-pinene, p-cymene, sabinene, terpinen-4-ol, myrcene and alpha-thujene.
Angelica Essential Oil Benefits
The oil helps to reduce nicotine cravings, kills cancer cells (in vitro), neutralizes free radicals, and kills microbes like bacteria and fungi.
Angelica oil may help with nicotine cravings
Smokers, take note!
A small 2013 study tested angelica and black pepper essential oil on 20 nicotine users. When they craved nicotine, they had to smell a tissue with one drop of either oil for two minutes. They then rated their craving levels and timed how long it took before they used nicotine again.
What were the results? Well, both angelica and black pepper oils significantly reduced nicotine cravings. And the users did not need nicotine as often.
In fact, black pepper reduced cravings more than angelica. But users took longer to use nicotine again when inhaling angelica.
So try black pepper and angelica essential oils to quit smoking. See if they work for you.
It is anti-cancer in vitro
Lab studies show angelica oil has excellent cancer fighting benefits. Many show the oil stops cancer cell growth, prevents tumors and counteracts free radicals.
But these are lab studies, not clinical trials. So I cannot say if the oil is actually anti-cancer when used on our bodies.
It is antibacterial
Angelica essential oil has potent antibacterial benefits. That is according to this 2014 study, which showed only a little was needed to kill all the bacteria tested.
The same study also showed angelica oil killed fungi. The species (Candida albicans) that causes yeast and fungal infections in humans was the one tested. And the results showed a 0.5% concentration of angelica was required to kill the fungi.
Angelica has been used for a long time
A 2011 article detailed the scientific and traditional uses of angelica and its essential oil. It also discussed the uses of angelica oil in the ancient Ayurvedic tradition.
The article noted angelica was used to treat headaches, fever, colds, and bronchitis. It is also good for rashes, wounds, and rheumatism.
Angelica Essential Oil Uses
Add a couple drops of angelica oil to your vaporizer for a wonderful spicy environment.
Any blend will smell amazing!
Add it to you massage blend too. But patch test first to make sure you aren’t allergic to the oil. Once it’s safe, add 2-3 drops of angelica oil to one teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil. Coconut oil is a good one.
Angelica essential oil does not have any known complications. But you should still check with your doctor before using the oil. This is very important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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