Know Your Ingredients: Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil

by Gio


What it is
Echium plntangineum seed oil is derived from echium plantagineum, the plant commonly known as purple viper’s-bugloss or Paterson’s curse.

What it does
Echium plantagineum seed oil is rich in fatty acids (14% linoleic acid, 10% γ-linolenic acid, 33% α-linolenic acid and 14% stearidonic acid) that make it a wonderful moisturizer. It helps repair the skin’s protective barrier, which improves hydration and reduces roughness.
It may even help boost the production of collagen.

Side effects
Echium plantagineum seed oil is generally considered to be safe.

(Sources: European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, July 2010, Volume 112 and Cosmetics Business)



fyNl March 4, 2017 - 10:36 am

Hmmm, have not been able to find this at any of the places that sell raw ingredients/carrier/nutritive oils etc. Any sources of where it might be obtained outside of the realm of ready-made cosmetics?
It’s fatty acid profile sounds really similar to borage oil to me which I have used for allergic skin inflammations.

Gio March 4, 2017 - 8:54 pm

Fynl, I’m afraid I stick to ready-made cosmetics so I have no idea where you could buy this, sorry! Hopefully one of my readers who are into DIY will be able to help.

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