The plant is said to originate from Africa and was introduced to Europe in the 16th century. It is considered a native plant of northern and eastern Europe, as well as parts of Asia and the Soviet Union, and is found in Scotland, Holland, Lapland and Germany. In Germany, angelica was historically referred to as the “oil of angels,” because its healing powers were perceived to be so strong that the oil was believed to be of divine origin, thus the title.
Angelica was credited with the ability to protect from the plague in the time of Paracelsus just by chewing the stems. The seeds and roots were thought to purify the air when burned.
Steam distillation is used to extract the oil from the roots, rhizome and seeds of the angelica plant.