Primrose oil is made from the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant. This plant’s yellow flowers open in the evening thereby giving it its name. These seeds contain an essential fatty acid called gamma-linoleic acid or GLA. This acid contains anti-inflammatory properties and when converted in the body they help with the body’s processes.
Primrose oil has been used since 1931 to treat eczema. It is taken internally to treat breast tenderness related to the menstrual cycle, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, diabetes, lupus and irritable bowel syndrome, and lowering cholesterol. The normal dosage is about 3 grams a day and Primrose oil comes in either capsules or liquid. There have been studies performed on the effectiveness of Evening Primrose Oil (EPO). The studies indicated that the oil is somewhat effective for eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and breast pain. These results have been mixed and the studies have been small.
It makes a good treatment for acne, rosacea, and atopic dermatitis. The primrose oil contracts the blood
vessels that become inflamed with these conditions and may also help pores from becoming clogged. It can be
taken internally or applied to the skin to treat these conditions. If it is applied to the skin it also moisturize and soften.
There could be side effects with Primrose oil but they are usually mild. They include bloating, stomach upset,
and headache. Check with your doctor before taking this oil to make sure there are no contraindications with