Botanical Name: Angelica sinensis
Plant Part: Root
Processing Method: Supercritical CO2
Color/Consistency: A clear, red-brown oily liquid with medium viscosity
Product Description: Angelica sinensis, commonly known as dong quai is a herb from the Apiaceae family, indigenous to China. Angelica sinensis is a fragrant, herbaceous perennial native to the frigid, moisture laden mountains of China, Japan and Korea. It generally grows up to 3 feet tall. The plant flowers in early fall and produces seeds during September and October. CO2 is a supercritical fluid, meaning that it converts to a liquid when placed under extreme pressure and is able to remove essential oils from plant matter without leaving residues behind. Once the carbon dioxide is supercooled, it is pushed through an extraction tube containing the plant matter. When this mixture is warmed, the CO2 evaporates, leaving behind the pure essential oil.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided. Since this oil is phototoxic***, avoid direct exposure to sunlight for up to 12 hours after application to the skin.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.
*** In phototoxic reactions, the drug may become activated by exposure to sunlight and cause damage to the skin. The skin’s appearance resembles sunburn, and the process is generally has a fast onset.