Evening primrose is a well-known plant that grows in North America, Europe and some regions of Asia. It is actually a beautiful yellow wildflower. Its official name is Oenothera biennis. Evening primrose oil is derived from the seeds of this plant. Nowadays evening primrose oil is used worldwide. One can found it not only in the form of oil but also in the form of soft gel and capsule.
This oil has many great impacts on health. Evening primrose oil is an excellent source of vitamin E, gamma linolenic acid, essential fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, campestrol, beta-sitosterol etc. It is especially useful for women. It is one of the most effective cures for discomforts of PMS, menstrual pains and breast pain. It was always used for improving fertility, too. This mighty oil enhances production of prostaglandin and thus regulates fluid balance, hormone production and boosts immune system. Throughout the history people used evening primrose oil to get rid of stomachache, bruises and hemorrhoids. Evening primrose oil can help in curing inflammation thus it can help the people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. It brings back strength of cell membranes. It also prevents blood clotting and it regulates cholesterol (lowers down bad cholesterol). It causes gradual decrease of triglyceride levels. It regulates blood pressure. Primrose oil is also great for skin. It can treat many skin problems such as itching, redness and drying. It also moisturizes skin and protects it from bad environmental influences. Evening primrose oil being full of GLA can successfully treat skin eczema. Essential fatty acids in evening primrose oil may aid in diluting sebum and therefore prevent appearing of pimples and skin lesions. Since evening primrose oil generally reduces redness and inflammation it is can be used to cure rosacea. The essential fatty acids from evening primrose oil are also important for our nails and hair. When taking supplements with primerose one will have pretty and healthy nails that will not crack. Substances from evening primrose oil ( linolenic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid etc) are healthy for body's heart, nervous, immune and reproductive systems. If one suffers from diabetes they should drink supplements of evening primrose in order to prevent nerve damaging. Generally, the evening primrose oil brings vitality to the body. It is great in activating immune system cells, too.
However, if one is known to suffer from allergies they should be careful with consuming evening primrose oil. It can sometimes cause side effects like stomach pain, headache, nausea, loose stools and in combination with phenothiazine drugs and anesthesia can even cause seizures. If one is not sure whether to use evening primrose oil or not the safest way is to consult with a physician.