Khella Essential Oil


Wild As The Wind Khella Essential Oil is a premium quality aromatherapy oil, suitable for therapeutic purposes.

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Khella Essential Oil

Khella Essential Oil is a powerful antispasmodic, which has been traditionally used to support the respiratory system. It is a deeply relaxing aromatherapy oil that is helpful for the following respiratory conditions; asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, pneumonia and COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

However, it is a broadly supportive oil as it reduces systemic stress, allowing the body to properly relax and function normally.

Khella Essential Oil & Psoriasis

The plant and its extracts are popular in the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis…1

…used effectively in the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo and tinea versicolor. Its furocoumarins have bactericidal, fungicidal, insecticidal, larvicidal, moluscicidal, nematicidal, ovicidal, viricidal and herbicidal activities. It exerted a wide range of antibacterial activity and induced smooth muscle relaxant effects especially vascular smooth muscle…

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 people indicated that the combination of oral khellin (which is the main constituent of Ammi visnaga [Kella Essential Oil]) and natural sun exposure caused repigmentation in 76.6% of the treatment group, in comparison, no improvement was seen in the control group receiving sunlight plus placebo72. A subsequent placebo-controlled study of 36 patients of vitiligo, showed that a topical khellin gel plus UVA caused
repigmentation in 86.1% of the treated cases, as opposed to 66.6% in the placebo group73.7

Plus, there is a case to be made for Khella Aromatherapy Oil to be used in conjunction with Nigella Sativa Oil, as this has also been shown to support both psoriasis and vitiligo.

Both oils should be taken internally for this purpose. Please refer to How to Use Essential Oils and the Organic Nigella Sativa Oil pages for more information.

Khella Essential Oil History & Traditions

Khella is an annual or biennial herb indigenous to the Mediterranean region of North Africa, Asia, and Europe.

The dried stems of the plant are used as toothpicks, earning Khella the common name of: Toothpick plant or Toothpick Ammi.

Khella is an important member of the large Apiaceae family, which was formerly known as the Umbelliferae plant family. Other important plants in the Apiaceae plant family include:

  • Queen Anne’s Lace (Wild Carrot)Carrot, Celery, Lovage, Parsnip, Angelica, Anise,
  • Caraway
  • Chervil
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Parsley

*Khellin, a constituent found in Khella herbal preparations, and used for kidney & urinary stones, is not present in Khella Essential Oil.

Khella Essential Oil Health Benefits

Khella Essential Oil is a very potent antispasmodic, which makes it very useful for many conditions, such as angina & respiratory conditions such as, asthma, bronchitis & pneumonia.

Khella Essential Oil health benefits are thought to include: Anti-allergenic + anti-asthmatic + antibacterial +  anticoagulant + anticonvulsant + antifungal  + anti-inflammatory + antimicrobial + antispasmodic + antiviral + astringent + bronchial-dilator + coronary vasodilator* + larvicide (mosquitos)

Please consult the Glossary Of Terms for more information.

*Pharmacologic vasodilators are used to treat hypertension, myocardial ischemia, and congestive heart failure. These drugs may indirectly affect coronary blood flow by their effects on the peripheral circulation, effects that modify myocardial oxygen demand.2

Khella Essential Oil Traditional Health Benefits

Khella is one of the oldest herbs originating from the Nile Delta. It is one of the oldest medicinal plants mentioned in Eber’s papyrus of Egypt.

Traditionally khella (Ammi visnaga L.) has been described as emetic, purgative, antispasmodic and diuretic… used to treat renal colic, bronchial asthma and whooping cough by the Unani physicians. It has also been used for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo and ureteric stones. Phytochemical analysis of A. visnaga has identified several important active constituents, such as khellin, visnagin and visnadin having cardioprotective, neuroprotective, antimicrobial, antispasmodic properties etc.3

Khella Essential Oil traditional health benefits are thought to include:

  • Managing vitiligo
  • Psoriasis
  • Muscle rubs – muscle-relaxant
  • Stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Vertigo
  • Hiccups
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary vasodilation
  • Respiratory conditions: asthma + breathing issues + bronchitis + whooping cough
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Headaches
  • Liver support
  • Kidney stones
  • Gall bladder stones
  • Rashes
  • Stomach cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis / hardening of the arteries
  • Angina / chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat / arrhythmia

Several prescription drugs including cromolyn, nifedipine, and amiodarone have been developed using Khella as the basis for research.

…used in modern medicine to treat many aliments such as renal colic and coronary insufficiency, and is used as an antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial, with a larvicidal effect on mosquito larvae. Peer-reviewed studies show that these pharmacological activities are due its valuable chemical constituents that include mainly essential oil, polyphenolic compounds including flavonoids, as well as γ-pyrones, represented mainly by khellin and visnagin. Its essential oil is reported to have antiviral, antibacterial, and larvicidal effects, while its flavonoid content is responsible for its antioxidant activity. Its γ-pyrone content has a powerful effect on facilitating the passage of kidney stones and relieving renal colic, in addition to having a relaxant effect on smooth muscle including that of the coronary arteries.4

The plant and its extracts are also popular in the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis, and are used as a lithotriptic agent[having the quality of or used for dissolving or destroying stone in the bladder or kidneys]. It is generally used to dilate bronchial, urinary, and blood vessels without affecting blood pressure. It is also internally used as an emmenagogue to regulate menstruation, as a diuretic, and in the treatment of vertigo, diabetes, and kidney stones. An infusion of the aerial parts has also been used to treat headaches.1

Cautions & Contraindications

No known safety concerns.

However, Khella Essential oil may be phototoxic. This means that it should not be used topically prior to sun exposure. Avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours after topical application.

Avoid with blood thinning medications.

Wild As The Wind Khella Essential Oil

Khella Essential Oil by Wild As The Wind is a premium quality aromatherapy oil, suitable for therapeutic purposes.

  • INCI: Ammi Visnaga Seed Oil
  • Plant Family: Apiaceae
  • Plant Parts Used: Seeds
  • Extraction Method: Steam distillation
  • Appearance: Colourless to pale yellow, thin consistency
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Aroma: Rich, earthy, herbaceous, & mildly spicy, with camphorous, & dried peat undertones
  • Chemical Family: Esters + monoterpines
  • Shelf Life: 6 years+
  • Origin: Morocco

Khella Essential Oil Blends Well With

Many of the oils listed are available in the Wild As The Wind Organic Essential Oils range. To find the organic essential oils, please use the search box at the top of the page, inserting the name of the essential oil you are interested in. Then click ‘return’. All of the different versions of this oil will be delivered in the search result, along with any blended products containing the essential oil that you are searching for.



Wild As The Wind Essential Oils

Wild As The Wind offer one of the most extensive ranges of premium quality, therapeutic grade UK essential oils available online.

Professional therapists use Wild As The Wind Essential Oils, including Osteopaths and Massage Therapists.

Wild As The Wind Essential Oils are also used domestically, for home remedies as well as in green cleaning products etc.

Wild As The Wind Essential Oils Are Suitable For:

  • Diffusing & nebulising
  • Diluting to make body & bath oils (1% dilution)
  • Using in your household first aid kit (average 2% dilution)
  • Adding to your shampoos, conditioners & liquid soaps (5 drops per 100ml)
  • Diluting to make face oils (2% dilution)
  • Formulating effective household cleaners & sanitisers (average 5% dilution)

Please consult How To Use Essential Oils for more information on how to use aromatherapy oils, and how to blend them.

However, not all essential oils are suitable for all applications. For this reason you must read the specific safety advice, including cautions and contraindications, for the specific essential oils you intend to use.

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