What is Evening Primrose Oil？
Evening primrose oil is a powerful natural remedy that is extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose plant. With the scientific name Oenothera biennis, this plant is native to North America, particularly the eastern and northern regions. However, it has been naturalized in other temperate regions after it was discovered how beneficial the oil could be. Packed with unsaturated fatty acids, such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), linolenic acid and various other omega-6 fatty acids. These are the main drivers behind the many health benefits of this oil, in addition to trace amounts of other plant sterols, phytonutrients, and volatile compounds.
This oil has been used traditionally for centuries, and now enjoys a wide range of applications in natural medicine. For that reason, there have also been quite a few studies done on the potential benefits of evening primrose oil, adding validity to many traditional and anecdotal accounts.
The benefits of evening primrose oil include its ability to soothe inflammation, strengthen the bones, promote good skin health, lower cholesterol, optimize digestion, regulate blood sugar levels, prevent hair loss, ease pain and aid in weight loss efforts.
Evening primrose oil uses include female hormonal balance issues like PMS and menopause; fertility; skin concerns including eczema, psoriasis and acne; arthritis and osteoporosis.