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Khella, the rather unknown aromatic giant Khella (Visnaga daucoides Gaertn. syn. Ammi visnaga (L.)Lam.) By Elaine Zimmermann

Welcome to Aromatika magazine's 2024 Summer Issue 11.2. We hope where ever you are in the world, the connection with the plant kingdom will provide you with new oportinuities and peace. Elaine Zimmermann has written an intriguing article on Khella and its chemistry and uses.

Relief, especially for people affected by post-COVID symptoms like difficulties in breathing.

Khella essential oil is usually expensive; its fragrance reminds me a bit of parsley with earthy and slightly sweetish undertones; some people describe it as aniseed-like. Its very uncommon and pronounced mode of action is due to a high content of butyrates: almost 20% isoamyl-2-methyl butyrate, around 10% each of amylisobutyrate and amylvalerate. Small amounts of isoamyl isobutyrate, iso-butyl-2-methylbutyrate, 2-methylbutyl-2-meth-

ylbutyrate, 2-methylbutylisobutyrate and isoamyl valerate add up to around 50% of those extremely helpful molecules when the smooth muscles of our inner organs are tense. As we can't consciously control our smooth muscles – they're controlled by the nervous system automatically (in-voluntary reactions) – it can be challenging to find medications in the case

of spasms, especially of the bronchi and the intestines, but also of heart muscle tissue.

Khella essential oil holds promise in treating conditions like 'tightness of the chest' (always seek medical advice first) and anxiety. Its composition, with some 30-38 % linalool plus small amounts of α-thujene, α-pinene, β-pinene, β-myrcene and pulegone, contributes to its surprisingly effective topical applications, especially around the chest. It can also be used for inhalation, for example in an aromastick. These applications have shown to provide

quick relief to patients with anxiety and the impression, that not enough oxygen reaches their lungs, offering a glimmer of hope for those seeking natural remedies.

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