Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose oil is from cold pressed seeds of the Evening Primrose plant which is native to the Americas. The oil is high in essential fatty acids which provide building blocks for our hormones. Our bodies can’t make the essential fatty acids, so we need to get them through food.
The human body is capable of producing all the fatty acids it needs, apart from linoleic acid (which is an omega 6 fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (which is an omega 3 fatty acid) We need to get these "essential fatty acids" from our diet.
Evening Primrose oil contains omega-6 and getting enough of this ‘good fat’ has been shown to improve hormone function in the body. Woman have taken this supplement for many years to help reduce the pain and other symptoms associated with PMS. It can also be used to help balance hormones during menopause.
Evening Primrose can have an effect on the the uterine muscles, causing them to contract and the muscles to relax which helps tone the uterine muscle in preparation for pregnancy. Don’t take evening primrose if you are already pregnant as this can cause your uterus to contract. There are some benefits of taking evening primrose oil during the end of your pregnancy which i’m not going to go into as this needs strict medical supervision from your Dr.
Because evening primrose oil helps balance hormones, it has been shown to help reduce hormonal acne. Supplementing with evening primrose oil is often recommended by dermatologist and can even be used topically on your face. Applying evening primrose oil to your scalp too as a hydration hair and scalp mask.
Other skin health problems evening primrose can help with is eczema and psoriasis. Some research has shown that evening primrose can relieve symptoms associated with eczema such as itching, redness and water retention. Because evening primrose oil helps balance hormones it can help treat psoriasis flare ups which can sometimes be caused by a hormonal imbalance.
Always speak to your Doctor before starting a new supplement.