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Angelica archangelica has been named the “holy spirit root” or the “oil of angels” by the Europeans. It’s tradition exhibits its possession of such strong healing powers, that it was believed to be of divine origin.
Today, it is a well studied herb that confirms ancient wisdom. The therapeutic essential oil of Angelica contains a 60-70% limonene, a monoterpene with many properties. This single constituent has been shown to be helpful to support from radiation exposure, prevent microbial growth, and act as a digestive aid through by supporting normal peristalsis soothing symptoms digestive discomfrot. Also, due to the fact that D-limonene is a solvent of cholesterol, it has has been studied for its effect on gallstones (PMID 18072821, 18072821).
Furthermore, Angelica contains a variety of coumarins. The compounds that are present in Angelica provide anti-tumoral, neuroprotective, microbial suppressing, and hormonal supporting properties (PMID 17917255, 17855653, 15813373). The coumarin content also supports the cardiovascular system (PMID 885331).
It’s fragrance has been used to assist in the release of pent-up negative feelings and bringing back memories back to the point of origin before trauma or anger was experienced
Hint: Although the scientist in me thinks it is fun to see why things work by breaking them down into individual constituents, doing this can also cause one to forget about synergism. Using essential oils in their whole form creates a more powerful effect on the human body yet a gentler approach by decreasing side effects.