Angelica Root (angelica archangelica) strengthens the heart, stimulates circulation and the immune system. It is used for rheumatism, arthritis, accumulation of toxins, gout, water retention, bronchitis, coughs, colds, indigestion, flatulence, and as an appetite stimulant. A good choice for the elderly, or anyone recuperating from an illness, or anyone who tends to fall sick often.
The Chinese often use dried angelica root in herbal tonic soups and teas, for its fortifying, strengthening qualities. Also highly valued for use in soaps, perfumes; and lotions due to its soothing effect on skin complaints.
Aromatherapy/Home Use example:
To fortify or strengthen an elderly person's general immunity, mix 2 drops Angelica Root, 2 drops Myrtle, and 2 drops Lavender French/Super/Spike in 20mls extra moisturising carrier oil. Apply as whole body massage oil, or even just on back, arms, legs, neck and shoulders, a couple of times a week.
Safety: Both the root and seed oil are nontoxic and nonirritant. The root oil is phototoxic due to higher levels of bergapten. Avoid use during pregnancy. Not suitable for diabetics.