evening primrose oil

Evening Primrose Oil has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C. It contains the pain relieving compound phenylalanine and is increasingly being used to treat chronic headaches. It is currently being studied all over the world as a treatment for aging problems, alcoholism, acne, heart disease, hyperactivity in children, symptoms of menopause, multiple sclerosis, weight control, obesity, PMS and schizophrenia. 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.

Evening Primrose Oil contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA and it is this fatty acid that is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the plant. In fact, Evening Primrose contains one of the highest concentrations known of this important substance and only a few other plants contain it at all. This makes Evening Primrose an important medicinal herb, and as studies continue, the list of benefits will likely become much longer. The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. These fatty acids also help to regulate hormones and improve nerve function aiding problems ranging from PMS to migraine headaches. The hormone balancing effect contributes to healthy breast tissue.



evening primrose oil
evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oil is primarily used to treat symptoms of skin conditions. It is used to help alleviate itchiness caused by dermatitis and eczema – the strongest evidence is for treatment of eczema. Women often use the oil to help with breast pains caused by PMS.


Evening primrose has proved to be an effective treatment option for people suffering from eczema. In a study, which included over 1,200 patients, evening primrose oil was remarkably good at relieving many of their symptoms, such as itching, redness and edema.

Breast pain

Evening primrose oil is sometimes used to alleviate mastalgia (breast pain).

However, one study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology3, found that “neither evening primrose oil nor fish oil offered clear benefits over control oils in the treatment of mastalgia.”

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Although more “high-quality” studies are necessary to evaluate the true efficacy of evening primrose oil for treating PMS, many women around the world take it because they say it helps.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Some studies have showed that RA patients who took evening primrose oil began feeling slightly better. Arthritis Research UK4 reported that a clinical trial involving 49 people found that “94% of participants who got EPO alone and 93% who received EPO combined with fish oil reported a significant improvement of disease-related symptoms, including pain and morning stiffness, compared to only 30% in the placebo group.”


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