Benefits of Evening Primrose
This lovely oil, also known an Oenothera biennis, comes from a relative of the primrose flowers you may have in your own garden.
The benefits of evening primrose oil, like so many of our oils, come from its distictive fatty acid profile: Linoleic acid (70-75%), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) 9-11%, oleic acid (5-10%), and stearic acid (1-2%). The star of this fatty acid makeup is gamma-linolenic acid!
Although more conclusive studies are needed, evening primrose with its gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) may be helpful in people with diabetic neuropathy, pre-menstrual symptoms, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, treating breast cysts, eczema, and possibly even for weight loss. These have all been attributed to the oral consumption of evening primrose oil. As rather thorough review can be read at: http://klemow.wilkes.edu/Oenothera.html
So what about the topical benefits. What can you expect when evening primrose is added to your cream or lotion?
is a queen among oils known to help dry and mature skin. As a skin nourisher it is able to help treat eczema and defend against the effects of aging. As an omega-6 essential oil