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Oil Name:Angelica
Note:Base
Parts of plant used:Herb but mostly seeds and root
Botanical Name: Angelica Archangelica
Aroma:Herby sweet and some musk

A favourite garden plant also used to flavour Benedictine, a French liqueur.

Excessive use of this oil may cause insomnia or irregular sleeping and photosensitivity of the skin.

Contraindicated for pregnant women.

For more information see our Angelica Herb Page

Uses:

 AphrodisiacCarminativeAntispasmodic
MigraineStimulantDiuretic
ExhaustionAnxiety 

 

Constituents:

 

Borneol: One of the terpene alcohols, found most abundantly in rosemary oil, has many of the properties of other terpene alcohols. It is used as a skin tonic, a local anaesthetic, sedative and antispasmodic.

Terpene Alcohol: Valued for their fragrance, gentle reaction on the skin and membranes and healing properties Terpene Alcohols have earned the name of "Friendly Molecules". Alcohols are amongst the strongest antimicrobial compounds in essential oils but lack the irritant properties of other antimicrobial constituents like phenols.

Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.

 

Terpenes

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.

 

Bergapten: has photosensitising properties and is often used in conjunction with solar radiation to treat psoriasis. Bergapten causes photosensitivity which is frequently used therapeutically against skin conditions like psoriasis and vitiligo where the patient is exposed to the sun as part of the treatment.

Use of bergapten on normal skin will also cause photosensitivity so exposure to solar radiation (the sun) must be avoided while using medications that contain this constituent.

Bergapten is a Linear Furanocoumarin.

Although it is generally held of all Furanocoumarins that they may be carcinogenic during exposure to the sun or other sources of UV light Bergapten is frequently mentioned as a potential photo carcinogenic, so please consult your medical practitioner before using substances that contain Bergapten.

Furanocoumarins: Furanocoumarins have sun- or photosensitizing properties and are often used for the treatment of skin conditions sometimes with controlled exposure to the sun.
Other effects of Furanocoumarins reportedly are: hypotensive activity, antiasmatic and antispasmodic.
Furanocoumarins are potentially photo-carcinogenic and may promote a cancer that is initiated by interference with the skins natural ability to protect underlying cells against the carcinogenic effect of harmful ultra violet radiation.
Furanocoumarins are Coumarins with a furan ring

Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

 

 

 

Monoterpenes: One of the many terpenes, monoterpenes (the smallest of the terpenes, although one of the most widely occurring) are mostly found in essential or volatile oils. Aromatherapists use monoterpenes as a mucus membrane tonic as decongestants and to ease nasal and other mucus membrane discomfort.

Monoterpenes evaporate easily and have a low boiling point. Monoterpenes are mostly colorless and odorless, prone to oxidation. Oxidants from monoterpenes could be irritant.

Monoterpenes are antiseptic, antiviral and bactericidal.

 

We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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