Angelica Root Oil Specification
|Name||Angelica Root Oil |
|Botanical Name||ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA|
|Source||IT IS OBTAINED BY THE STEAM DISTILLATION OF DRIED ROOTS OF ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA. THE OIL IS PALE YELLOW TO ORANGE|
|Color||BROWN COLORED LIQUID.|
|Specific Gravity||0.850 - 0.880|
|Refractive Index||1.4735 - 1.4870|
|Optical Rotation||INACTIVE OR NOT MORE THAN +46º|
|Solubility||SOLUBLE IN ALCOHOL AND OTHER ORGANICS SOLVENTS AND INSOLUBLE IN WATER.|
|Active Content: |
BETAL-PHELLANDRENE, ALPHA-PHELLANDRENE, ALPHA-PINENE, LIMONENE, DELTA-CARENE, MYRCENE.
Its virtues are praised by old writers, and the name itself, as well as the folk-lore of all North European countries and nations, testify to the great antiquity of a belief in its merits as a protection against contagion, for purifying the blood, and for curing every conceivable malady: it was held a sovereign remedy for poisons agues and all infectious maladies. In Couriand, Livonia and the low lakelands of Pomerania and East Prussia, wild-growing Angelica abounds; there, in early summer-time, it has been the custom among the peasants to march into the towns carrying the Angelica flower-stems and to offer them for sale, chanting some ancient ditty in Lettish words, so antiquated as to be unintelligible even to the singers themselves. The chanted words and the tune are learnt in childhood, and may be attributed to a survival of some Pagan festival with which the plant was originally associated. After the introduction of Christianity, the plant became linked in the popular mind with some archangelic patronage, and associated with the spring-time festival of the Annunciation. According to one legend, Angelica was revealed in a dream by an angel to cure the plague. Another explanation of the name of this plant is that it blooms on the day of Michael the Archangel (May 8, old style), and is on that account a preservative against evil spirits and witchcraft: all parts of the plant were believed efficacious against spells and enchantment. It was held in such esteem that it was called 'The Root of the Holy Ghost.'