Angelica, the lovely white cluster of tiny flowers, is the stuff of legends. As the story goes, a monk was told by an angel in a dream that the plant would cure the plague, and it’s been called Angelica ever since.
During the plague, people chewed the root to prevent infection and the plant was burned to purify the air. In addition to its use as a cure for the plague, Angelica has also long been used to treat stomach and intestinal issues. It was even gifted to poets with the hope that the smell would inspire them!
More recently, Angelica essential oil is used for many different ailments. It is very effective in giving relief for gas, stomachaches, headaches, nausea, and high blood pressure. It is effective in treating rheumatism and arthritis.
Angelica is also known to stimulate healthy digestion, heal and protect the liver, and treat congestion. It helps fight infection, relax the nervous system, and increase circulation. No wonder it has long been a favorite in the world of medicine!
To use Angelica essential oil, it must be diluted in a 50-50 solution. Simply mix 1 part essential oil with 1 part high grade olive or coconut oil. You can then ingest this solution as a dietary supplement or apply directly on problem areas. You can also inhale it or diffuse it.
Angelica essential oil is photosensitizing, which means it should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to sunlight within 24 hours.
As always, if you are pregnant, please consult your doctor before using.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
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