Evening primrose oil is basically made from the seeds of flowers in north America, which is typically used to treat;
- digestive problems
- sore throats
However, taking primrose oil actually has many more benefits and a lot of people take it for different reasons. It’s healing benefits may be due to its gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) content. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid found in plant oils. This natural substance is an over-the-counter remedy that can be found in many health stores.
Before going into the other benefits of taking this natural remedy, I’ll share a brief description of why I take it.
I first discovered evening primrose oil back a year ago when I was looking for a natural remedy to help balance my hormones (especially around my PMS time of the month). I came across a range of techniques to encounter as well as herbal supplements. I have always been one to want to try and heal things naturally and use natural products rather than synthetic and possibly toxic methods/ ingredients that will cause the body harm and damage later on in life. For me, when researching, primrose oil really stood out for me and I decided to give it a try. So I mainly use primrose oil for PMS symptoms for balancing hormones, easing pain and for calming my eczema. I started using primrose oil about a year ago and have been taking it every evening. Since taking this natural remedy, I have definitely seen an improvement in my hormone levels especially coming up to my menstrual cycle. Of course it doesn’t completely get rid of PMS symptoms and hormonal episodes but it does help to reduce it and balance it quite well. My hormones before where all over the place and so I have been using different ways to naturally help balance them better to live a more stable and fulfilled life.
What else primrose oil can help with:
It can help clear up skin problems such as acne
Evening primrose oil can help by reducing the skin’s inflammation. This natural supplement can help against different types of acne such as, hormonal acne, cystic acne and scaring. This works by the fatty acids in primrose oil, reducing inflammation and helping retain the skin’s moisture.
It can help ease eczema
Some countries will use anti- inflammatory medications to treat eczema. Eczema is basically a skin condition that flares up in rashes over the body and is mostly common in babies. It is said that once grown up, you should grow out of eczema but that isn’t always the case. The cause of eczema is still not known but results in the body having an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. Eczema is commonly treated with a range of creams, some medication and home treatment methods.
Moreover, people may benefit from taking evening primrose oil for treating eczema but some people may not due to limited resources and amount of evidence. No matter what, it is definitely worth a try and see how you get on. But always contact a GP or health professional first.
It can help overall skin health
Primrose oil contains high amount of the omega- 6 fatty acid GLA. So when your body breaks down GLA, it creates another ingredients which is called ‘dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid’ (DGLA). It has been proved that when your body has more DGLA in your body, the body’s inflammation reduces.
It relives PMS symptoms
Older studies proved that taking evening primrose oil can help with PMS symptoms such as, regulating mood, bloating, depression and irritability. A lot of women can be more prone to experiencing PMS due to being sensitive to normal prolactin levels in the body. Which basically means that the hormone ‘prolactin’ can make some women sensitive to the normal amounts of the hormone causing PMS symptoms. The gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in evening primrose oil helps to convert the substance in the body to help prevent prolactin from triggering PMS symptoms.
It reduces hot flushes
Many older women may use evening primrose oil whilst going through the menopause, due to it’s healing effects. When experiencing the menopause, it is very common to suffer from hot flushes but when taking primrose oil, the natural substance can help reduce those symptoms.
It can help improve heart health
Heart disease can kill a shocking amount of up to 600,000 people every year. This is usually down to a huge variety of factors and causes but it is increasing to an unpleasant amount. Studies show that a lot more of the population are turning more towards natural remedies such as, primrose oil. This natural remedy can help heart health by reducing blood cholesterol by its anti- inflammatory effects. Many people with heart disease have too much inflammation in the body which builds up and starts to cause problems. By reducing inflammation in the body and heart, it is much more likely to reduce risk of heart disease and other complications.
It can help ease bone bone
Bone pain is usually caused by something called rheumatoid arthritis, which is a chronic inflammatory disorder. It has been shown that by taking primrose oil, it can potentially reduce rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing the amount of inflammation in the body without causing any nasty side effects.
So there are many reasons why people may take primrose oil and there are probably a few more reasons that I have not yet mentioned. This is just a guide and a small amount of information and my personal experience, so if you are looking to take evening primrose oil, people do your own research and contact your GP/pharmacist if you are taking other prescribed medications just to check for interactions and be clear that it is safe for you to safe. It is a common natural drug to use but it will affect people differently depending on the body’s natural response but as well as if you have any medical conditions or are taking any prescribed medications. Use this as a guide but do contact a health professional before taking this.