Evening primrose, a wildflower that grows throughout North America and commonly called, “The King’s Cure-All,” seems to have a wide range of healing attributes. This plant gets its name from its flowers that usually bloom after sunset and/or on extremely overcast days during the months of June through September. The roots of the Evening Primrose plant are eaten in some countries in the spring, and in France it is often use it for garnishing salads.
The health benefits of evening primrose are many – especially for women. Evening Primrose Oil is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties that act as both a blood thinner and a blood vessel dilator. It is most famous for its use as a natural anti-inflammatory and reducing the symptoms of PMS and menopause. It is also popular as an ingredient in mature and anti-aging skin preparations to help soothe skin dryness, itchiness, and redness. Evening Primrose has been studied in use for eczema, reducing the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and reducing symptoms from Raynaud’s. It has been found to improve blood flow and nerve function by lowering blood lipid risk factors.
Health Benefits of Evening Primrose
- high in fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA)
- may reduce PMS symptoms
- may help atopic eczema
- helps with inflammation
- nourishes skin, hair & nails
- helps with menopausal symptoms
- may help with rheumatoid arthritis
- may help asthma symptoms
- may help to lower cholesterol
- may help chronic fatigue syndrome
- may help with ADHD symptoms
- helps with hypertension symptoms
- may help with diabetic neuropathy
- may help with menstrual cramps
- helps with joint inflammation
- may help with infertility
- helps with stomach upset
- may protect from coronary artery disease
Caution: If you are taking medication for blood thinning or blood pressure, speak to your health care provider before consuming evening primrose oil. If you’re prone to seizures and take a class of medications called phenothiazines, which is used to treat schizophrenia, you shouldn’t take evening primrose oil because it may increase your risk of seizures.
(Always use high quality oils.)
2 tablespoons Hazelnut oil
6 drops Borage seed oil
9 drops Evening primrose oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil
6 drops Carrot essential oil
2 capsules Full Spectrum Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols & tocotrienols)
Mix all oils in a glass eye dropper jar. Shake well before each use. Take one drop & gently apply to eye area before bedtime. Refrigerate.