Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica linne
Plant Part: Root
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Commonly known as dong quai or female ginseng, Angelica is a large hairy, biennial plant with ferny leaves and umbels of white flowers. It can grow 5 to 8 feet tall, and flowering time is June to August.
Color: Light yellow to orange-brown viscous liquid.
Aromatic Scent: It is said to have a peppery top note with a herbaceous, earthy, woody notes and a spicy undertones.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Sandalwood.
Common Uses: Also referred to as Dong Quai and Chinese Angelica, in Chinese medicine it is used to relieve cramps, infrequent and irregular periods, PMS, and ease menopausal symptoms. Based on its monoterpene hydrocarbons, Angelica Oil may be antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, hepatic, stomachic and tonic; however, it has photosensitizing properties as well, and may have properties as a nervine stimulant. Though animal studies had indicated it has the properties for which it is known in China, more studies are necessary to test its safety and efficiency in humans.
History: Used in the West for perfumery, as a sugared confection in Europe, and as one of the flavouring ingredients in Chartreuse, Benedictine and gin, Angelica has long been used in traditional East Asian medicine, dating back to 400 BCE as one of the first drugs recorded in China. Still used today in Chinese medicine, it is taken as a tonic to improve gynaecological and general health in women.
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