Product Spotlight: Ammi Visnaga

Product Spotlight: Ammi Visnaga

Jun 11th 2024

Posted by Dr. Christoph Streicher and Chloe T.

Ammi Visnaga is a true botanical wonder and a must have for any natural therapy enthusiast. If you’re looking for something that can help ailments like asthma and allergies and does so holistically, Ammi Visnaga is the oil for you.* Unlike some oils, Ammi Visnaga is medicinal: plain and simple. The oil’s aroma is a strong herbal scent that may put some people off, but the slightly bitter, astringent aroma has its own charm! This is why it is highly prized in folk medicine as it aids various things such as kidney stones, UTI’s (urinary tract infections), bronchitis, and more.*

What is Ammi Visnaga?

Ammi Visnaga is an annual flowering plant from the Apiaceae family, local to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. This plant looks like an umbrella, with a slim stalk and delicate leaves, that opens into bursts of tiny white flowers. Dioscoides, a Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist, named the plant around 40 to 90 AD after the Greek word “Ammos” meaning “sand” and “Visnaga” a general term meaning “doubly pointed”. This plant is self-fertile (self-pollinating) having both male and female organs that are pollinated by insects.

Ammi Visnaga can stand proud as one of the oldest known herbs, originating in the Nile Delta where Egyptians created manuscripts detailing its various uses and treatments, such as drying the stems to create toothpicks. Nowadays, Ammi Visnaga has a place among every natural therapist’s toolkit as an incredibly powerful natural remedy for many different types of issues.

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Why should you use Ammi Visnaga?

Ammi Visnaga Essential Oil is so effective that scientists have created a synthetic version of one of its compounds: Khellin, which is used as a diuretic and to relieve asthma.* Additionally, this essential oil is a natural antihistamine that helps to control allergic reactions. It also contains antibacterial properties to help fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi.* Research studies for those with Vitiligo show that Ammi Visnaga is highly effective as it helps to restore pigment to the skin.*1

Last but not least, Ammi Visnaga has properties that help it relax and widen blood vessels helping to create better blood flow.* Linalool and methylbutyr, two compounds that promote healthy circulation and ease heart contractions, are both contained within Ammi Visnaga. These antispasmodic effects make it a formidable tool in treating angina and increasing HDL or “good cholesterol” levels.*

The sheer multitude of possible uses Ammi Visnaga shows just how powerful of a tool it can be for those looking for holistic methods and treatments. The therapeutic nature of Ammi Visnaga cannot be emphasized enough,  as it can ease muscle spasms, relax and soothe airways, and combat symptoms of allergies.*

In a world often overrun by synthetic solutions, Ammi Visnaga stands as a reminder of nature's unfailing bounty, a reminder to pause, breathe, and embrace the healing touch of the earth. For those seeking solace in holistic remedies, it's not just a plant; it's a beacon of hope.* As times change very few things stay the same, but, the might of essential oils like Ammi Visnaga stand the test of time and will continue to do so, helping those that seek its aid for years to come!*

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How to use Ammi Visnaga

Ammi Visnaga has a myriad of benefits that make it a powerful tool for those seeking natural, holistic approaches to health and well-being.* Whether you're managing respiratory issues, promoting cardiovascular health, or simply looking to embrace the therapeutic gifts of nature, Ammi Visnaga can be a valuable addition to your wellness program.* Ammi Visnaga is a potent herb that must be handled with caution, and if used topically (without proper dilution), it can be toxic due to Coumarin, a blood thinner contained in Ammi Visnaga that could create liver issues.* Ammi Visnaga is also extremely photo-sensitizing; thus, please stay away from direct sunlight, UV light, or infrared light for at least eight hours when you used this oil topically or the oil could cause burns.*

  • Diffusion / Inhalation Application: add a few drops to a Nebulizer or Nasal Inhaler
    • Are asthma or bronchial symptoms interfering with your daily life? Ammi Visnaga could provide relief and soothe airways when adding a few drops to a nebulizer or nasal inhaler.* Breathe easier with Ammi Visnaga! Additionally, if the aroma of Ammi Visnaga is too much on its own try Allergy Ease Synergy Blend because Ammi Visnaga is a key ingredient within this blend.
  • Targeted Topical Application: up to 2-4% dilution
    • Struggling with muscle spasms or allergy symptoms? Ammi Visnaga can help you get back to feeling great.* Make a dilution blend of up to 2-4% in any carrier oil (10-20 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil) and apply a small portion of this blend, do not exceed 10 drops per application per day. Let Ammi Visnaga aid you naturally!* Also, should the scent of Ammi Visnaga prove overpowering, consider giving Allergy Easer Roll-On Relief® a try.

What to blend with the mighty Ammi Visnaga?

Ammi Visnaga, while being an incredibly powerful natural oil, has a smell that is sometimes described as unpleasant, as is the case with highly effective herbal substances. Due to this, blending Ammi Visnaga is an effective way to get the benefits of the oil while also enjoying its aroma. For an allergy aid try blending Ammi Visnaga with Moroccan Chamomile and German Chamomile for blissful relief of allergy symptoms.* Those with asthma should try blending Ammi Visnaga with Eucalyptus Radiata and Hyssop to relax and soothe the airway.* Want to enjoy a crisp, refreshing breath of air? Try blending Eucalyptus Radiata and Lemon Verbena to enjoy a clean and alleviating aroma.*

Here are some recipes for you to try in your nebulizer:



Final thoughts from Dr. Streicher and Amrita’s experts

Ammi Visnaga holds within it the promise of relief for those battling with ailments like asthma, allergies, and UTIs (urinary tract infections).* It's a beacon of hope, a natural remedy that has stood the test of time and helps to soothe a variety of conditions and ailments. Derived from an annual flowering plant native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, its medicinal properties have been recognized since ancient times. Scientists have even synthesized one of its compounds, Khellin, for medical use!

With its antihistamine, antibacterial, and antispasmodic properties, Ammi Visnaga aids in treating conditions ranging from asthma to vitiligo (loss of skin color).* Finally, it promotes healthy circulation and heart function as a way to help treat conditions like angina.* As a natural alternative in a world dominated by synthetic options, Ammi Visnaga serves as a potent reminder of nature's healing capabilities, offering hope and holistic well-being to those seeking it. If you would like to learn more about allergies, please visit Amrita’s Hay Fever and Other Allergies page.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


1. Khalil, N., Bishr, M., Desouky, S., & Salama, O. (2020). Ammi Visnaga L., a Potential Medicinal Plant: A Review. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 25(2), 301.