Angelica Root is one of the super ingredients used by I Coloniali to create the Hydra Brightening face care line which was designed to cure the problems of dry skin and a mottled, dull complexion.
Angelica root extract has been one of the most commonly used plants in Chinese medicine since herbalists of the Tang Dynasty discovered its illuminating and smoothing effects on skin tone centuries ago. A property which has also been demonstrated by modern scientists and which is based on its ability to inhibit the formation of melanin.
Angelica Root: therapeutic properties
Angelica root contains substances with a low molecular weight which makes it a valuable aid in the prevention and treatment of skin photo-ageing.
Angelica root inhibits the production of melanin, helps to illuminate the complexion by making it more uniform and reduces the visibility of dark spots.
Widely grown in China, Korea and Japan, this plant has a long history of use in traditional oriental medicine where it has long been used as a remedy in the treatment of problems linked to the menstrual cycle because it enriches the blood and improves the circulation.
Scientific research has demonstrated that the extract of this super ingredient contains a large quantity of volatile oils, vitamins and other organic elements which are responsible for its great power as an antioxidant. This in turn contributes to its strong reinvigorating and detoxifying effect of the body.
Because of its historical use in Chinese medicine, the chemical composition of Angelica root has been extensively studied using high-tech methods such as mass spectrometry. These studies showed that Angelica extracts contain organic acids and other active constituents such as vitamins A, B and E and numerous minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
Angelica root has also been used together with acupuncture in the treatment of painful lesions, neuralgia, angina and arthritis.
Angelica Root: origins and history
The most well-known name of Angelica root (Angelica sinensis) is the Chinese one, “Dong Quai”, and it is often referred to as the female ginseng because of its supposed role in restoring the hormone balance. This root is one of the most ancient herbs used in Chinese medicine and its use dates back a thousand years. Many legends are linked to this miraculous plant which has been used as a spirit totem to ward off evil and bring peace and health.
A member of the Apiaceae family, it is an Umbellifera and it can reach up to one and a half metres in height. The leaves are large and serrated and have an intense green colour which is lighter on the underside. The flowers are reminiscent of small umbrellas and are white or yellowish-green in colour.
The Angelica plant is very widespread in north-east Europe and grows in fairly humid places, along streams or in mountains at fairly high altitudes.
One of the best-known doctors at the time of Emperor Nero, Pedanius Dioscorides, advised his patients to use Angelica root to fight lung infections and to get rid of coughs and catarrh.
Legend has it that Angelica takes its name from the Archangel Raphael. In Hebrew Raphael translates as “medicine of God”, so Angelica is also considered a divine medicine with miraculous properties.