Evening Primrose

Parts used - Oil Extracted from the seeds

Common Uses

  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Breast pain related to a woman's monthly cycle
  • Eczema.
  • Arthritis

How Evening Primrose Works


Evening Primrose Oil provides our bodies with an easily available source of essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are needed to maintain healthy tissues. They help decrease inflammation, relieve cramped muscles and keep our skin healthy.


Evening Primrose Oil has shown great results in the treatment of monthly cyclical breast pain. In two large clinical studies relief of symptoms matched commonly prescribed drugs, and it is now a popular choice in Britain for the treatment of this complaint.


For the treatment of PMS symptoms Evening Primrose Oil will not bring immediate relief. Results of studies vary but it may take four to six cycles before results are seen.


The fatty acids in Evening Primrose Oil benefit sufferers of eczema. Studies found skin was less itchy and also less rough. This allowed patients to reduce, and in some cases stop altogether, the use of topical creams. Again this is not a quick fix, when successful, results are seen after three to four months of use.


Side Effects
Side effects are very uncommon. Less than 2% of people taking Evening Primrose Oil for long periods report mild stomach discomfort, nausea or headaches.


Safety Concerns
There are no known safety issues regarding Evening Primrose Oil. No interaction with commonly prescribed drugs has been reported.


History of Evening Primrose
The Evening Primrose is an attractive sweetly scented American wildflower.
The Ancient Greeks gave it its botanical name of "Oenothera". This translates to "wine hunt" as the plant was supposed to give you a taste for wine and then have the ability to repair the damage of overindulgence!
Native Americans used it for higher medical purposes. They found it helped bruises and cuts when applied to the skin. They also took it internally to treat obesity.

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