Primrose Oil Benefits
Evening primrose oil benefits
Primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose, a pretty yellow and fragrant flower that blooms within less than a minute in the evening. It is then processed into capsules that are taken orally.
Some say it’s just a herb that has received way too much attention for nothing. To others it’s the newest nectar from the gods. Primrose oil is the latest sensational trend in alternative medicine.
Originally discovered by the Native Americans, evening primrose oil was used it to relieve hemorrhoids, stomachaches, sore throats and bruising. The pilgrims recognizing the as yet unexplained primrose oil benefits brought the flower back home. Later research revealed that the evening primrose is one of the few plants that contains a high concentration of the essential fatty acid Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
The body needs GLA in order to convert it into prostaglandin. This hormone regulates body activities such as blood pressure, body temperature, fluid balance and nerve impulses. Supplement your diet with primrose oil to treat skin issues such as acne and eczema, relieve pain from age related aches and pains, alleviate issues with reproductive health such as pregnancy, PMS and menopause and to improve brain function.
Evening primrose oil ACNE
Since time immemorial primrose oil has been infused into skin care products to give younger healthier looking skin. This is because the oil dilutes sebum, an oily substance that is overproduced by people with skin problems such as acne. Using an evening primrose oil supplement will reduce the likelihood of the pores getting clogged. It will relieve and itching, oozing and flakes.
Evening primrose oil & PREGNANCY
Though there are no scientific studies to prove it, but it is believed that evening primrose oil increases fertility. There are claims that the oil lubricates the cervix enabling the sperm to move faster through the uterus and into the fallopian tube. Because it softens the cervical muscles, primrose oil can be used to induce labor. However if you’re still in the early weeks of pregnancy, it is advised that you keep away from primrose oil as it may cause uterine contractions.
Evening primrose oil is not only limited to pregnant women. Women who are vulnerable to Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) can help counter hormonal imbalance. Though not scientifically proven, there have been reports that it relieves symptoms such as breast tenderness and irritable bowel flare-ups by using primrose oil.
Evening primrose oil & BRAIN HEALTH
One of the most important functions of fatty acids is to help the brain maintain its neurons and improve functions. Experts believe that supplementing the diet with evening primrose oil can improve memory, mood concentration and impulse control. This means that patients with cognitive disabilities and psychological disorders such as dyskinesis, ADHD, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis. It is believed that it can even help with addictions such as alcoholism and foodism by repressing or relieving the withdrawal symptoms such as depression and intense cravings.
Evening primrose oil & AGING
Ever wondered why there are so many anti-aging creams that contain primrose oil?
It’s because it is an antioxidant and thus it counteracts the effects of free radicals that increase the aging process. Its memory improvement benefits could help patients with memory deficiencies such as Alzheimer’s. Primrose oil also interferes with the production of inflammatory hormones, this helps in easing joint pains and inflammations that are a necessary evil of ageing.
SIDE EFFECTS OF USING PRIMROSE OIL
Primrose oil is relatively safe to use. It has no serious side effects except in people who are extremely sensitive to it. Even then the effects will be mild ranging from headaches, nausea to mild stomach upsets. It is however advised that patients who are starting on primrose oil for serious medical conditions such as psychological disorders or who are already on some kind of medication should consult a physician before taking the supplement.
Evening primrose oil can be found at health food stores, some supermarkets and pharmacies. The capsule is often taken in 3 doses of 1,000 to 2,000 mg a day. As has already been stated before, most of the benefits presented are not supported by hard scientific proof. Research into primrose oil is inconclusive mostly because the effects are not immediately evident. It is therefore important for you to lower your expectations of time it may take to see its effects.