Essential Oil Allies: Angelica Root | New York Institute of Aromatic Studies

Angelica root essential oil is obtained from the cleaned and dried fleshy roots of Angelica archangelica (Apiacaeae (Carrot) family). This herb favors temperate climates in the Northern hemisphere and may often be found growing near rivers and moist-shady areas as it prefers cool, damp soil. Angelica is a biennial, like most plants classified in the Apiaceae family, and the root should be harvested the end of the first year or during the second year before the plant goes to seed. (The seed may also be distilled and provides oil with a different personality!) The younger root will give a fresh, spicy and terpenic aroma profile whereas a mature root will be earthier with less “pepper” and a more stable dry-down. Angelica root runs on the pricey side compared to other essential oils and for good reason: it yields little oil, has a long distillation process and the roots take a lot of preparation (i.e., harvesting, drying and chopping). The root oil is often grown and distilled in Germany, France, Belgium and England.

Angelica root essential oil is obtained from the cleaned and dried fleshy roots of Angelica archangelica (Apiacaeae (Carrot) family). This herb favors temperate climates in the Northern hemisphere and may often be found growing near rivers and moist-shady areas as it prefers cool, damp soil. Angelica is a biennial, like most plants classified in the Apiaceae family, and the root should be harvested the end of the first year or during the second year before the plant goes to seed. (The seed may also be distilled and provides oil with a different personality!)

Source: Essential Oil Allies: Angelica Root | New York Institute of Aromatic Studies

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