Umbelliferae family (Apiaceae)
Organically grown and steam distilled in Spain from young and dried rhizomes.
Angelica is one of the herbs distilled into gin. Gin’s not just juniper! Angelica gives the liquors Benedictine and Chartreuse their flavors, and it’s made into candy.
Angelica stalks are candied, yes. And I know this is not within the scope of writing about our oil, but if you happen to grow angelica (or lovage, fennel, parsley, celery….members of the carrot tribe, then you can do it in your own kitchen here’s the link: https://honest-food.net/candied-angelica/
Apparently many of the angelicas that grow happily in California are too bitter for his recipe---nevertheless, you can sort it for yourself. One cool idea the article has is to make straws out of these candied angelica stalks and serve icy gin summer cocktails. Now that’s cool!
Angelica the Doorkeeper
The falcon soars
The town's gates are even higher
Angelica's their doorkeeper
She's wound the sun round her head
She's tied the moon round her waist
She's hung herself with stars.
Angelica essential oil is one of the more expensive oils for a few reasons: low yield obtainable via steam distillation, long time needed for process (24 hours), the roots must be young, as the already negligible amount of essential oil present in the roots decreases. Also, the older roots give a slightly different smelling oil, with little peppery topnote, although still a valuable fixative. Lastly, essential oil is also derived from the seeds, but the plants demand it’s one or the other, as it takes three years for seeds to develop and if you must harvest for the root before age 2…….you can see the issue.
Angelica is water-white to pale yellow to orange-brown liquid. Its color and viscosity varies both baccording to the root material used for distillation and according to the age of the oil. The light peppery topnote found in young oils gives way to a rich, somewhat herbaceaous-earthy, woody body-note of unique tenacity and great diffusive power. The note is also slightly musky-animal-like with a spicy undertone. Various lactones, occurring in trace amounts in the oil, are held responsible for these special effects of the oil and for the synergistic effect it imparts to other perfume materials in compositions.
A fan of Angelica for sure, Arctander goes on to say that Angelica root oil is highly esteemed in perfumery and flavor work. Its power is easily underestimated, and it is an art in itself to use this oil correctly, and to adjust the application and concentration according to the inevitable type-variations in the various shipments of oil even from the same producer!
At the time of writing, the purity, composition, physio-chemical properties and therapeutic use of angelica root oil are not defined in an pharmacopeia monograph or standard.
This oil is considered to be photo toxic. Do not wear in the sun
As with most essential oils, dilute before using on skin. Do not use on the skin within 18 hours of exposure to the sun. Perform a patch test before use if essential oil sensitivity is suspected. Do not take essential oils internally. Do not use on children or pets. Seek advice from a trained aromatherapist before using on people with compromised immune systems. Keep away from eyes and mucus membranes.
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