Evening primrose oil is a wildflower that grows widely in North America, Europe and parts of Asia, used to treat skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and ageing problems. Chronic headaches, arthritis, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, weight control, obesity and PMS just to name a few conditions.
It has so many preventive and therapeutic qualities that it has become a standard part of recommendations of many herbalist for maintaining youth and preventing disease and that is why it has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C.
Evening primrose contains one of the highest concentrations known of a fatty acid called GLA that has remarkable healing properties plus a variety of nutrients in this oil together with gamma-linoleic acid are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin..
This makes it an important medicinal herb, but one of the most important benefits of this lovely oil is “The hormone balancing effect”.
The fatty acids help regulate hormones and improve nerve function aiding problems ranging from PMS to migraine headaches and also contributes to healthy breast tissue.
Nails, Scalp, Hair
Evening primrose oil will not only prevent nails from cracking but also will help to keep them healthy. In addition, the essential fatty acids nourish the scalp, making the supplement potentially valuable in treating a variety of hair problems.
In order to treat hormonal acne, you need to get rid of your hormonal imbalance. No topical treatment does that for you; it only treats the already existing pimples or scars. The omega-6 fatty acids present in evening primrose oil can help you to regulate your hormone levels and cure your hormonal acne issues.
It is recommended to take one evening primrose oil capsule daily. You can also put the oil on your face directly. This is known to help with the healing process and improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Prevent diabetes-associated nerve damage
Research indicates that the GLA in evening primrose oil can help prevent, and in some cases even reverse, the nerve damage (neuropathy) so commonly seen with diabetes.
Taking evening primrose oil with fish oil and calcium seems to decrease bone loss and increase bone density in elderly people with osteoporosis.
Omega-6 fatty acids play a key role in supporting hormonal function. Getting enough omega-6 fatty acids, such as LA and GLA, is shown to support overall hormonal function within the body.
According to Dr. Axe: “Evening primrose oil is generally safe when used in recommended dosages, which is two to eight grams daily. Reported side effects are rare and mild, and include nausea, stomach pain and headaches. Stomach pain and loose stools may mean that the dose is too high.”
Do not take evening primrose oil if you have a rare nervous system disorder known as temporal lobe epilepsy. Some doctors recommend avoiding it if you have schizophrenia or a bleeding disorder.Check with your doctor before taking evening primrose oil during pregnancy.