Echium plantagineum seed oil is rich in fatty acids (14% linoleic acid, 10% γ-linolenic acid, 33% α-linolenic acid and 14% stearidonic acid). It helps repair the skin’s protective barrier and may boost collagen production.
Echium oil contains high levels of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and stearidonic acid (SDA), making it valuable in cosmetic and skin care applications, with further potential as an alternative to dietary fish oils (when taken orally).
The weed Echium plantagineum contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids and is poisonous if ingested. According to one source, it irritates human skin.
Colloids and Surfaces, April 2014, pages 88–92
Food Chemistry, October 2012, pages 2,057-2,065
National Non-Food Crops Centre. NNFCC Crop Factsheet: Echium