Evening Primrose- Oenothera biennis
Evening Primrose Oil contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA, gamma-lineolic acid. Evening primrose oil has a long history in midwifery for preventing high blood pressure, shortening labor and augmenting labor. But you may not know that the oil is also used for PMS, breast pain, endometriosis and menopause.
Evening primrose oil is also known for assisting with fertility by effecting the cervical mucus. This acid is essential for cell structure that improves cell structure and improves skin elasticity. These fatty acids also are known to assist with hormone regulation and improving nerve functioning.
Evening primrose can be used as an herbal remedy also, not just as an oil supplement. As a tincture it is a nervine and works well to support nervous system function. The tincture can also be beneficial on severe menstrual cramps. In addition the tincture has also been used for depression and anxiety. The tea can be used in a similar manner. The tea that is commonly used for the skin because it is an effective treatment for dry skin, rashes, acne and overall skin health. The oil can also be used on the skin topically for rashes, dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.
The plant is a demulcent and is mucilaginous. It is a tonic herb and can help support liver and spleen function. It can be added to a cough syrup for colds and coughs. The whole plant is nutritious and can be eaten when fresh, as a vegetable. The root can be peeled, boiled and eaten like a parsnip.
The leaves can be used as a poultice for bruising and hemorrhoids. This wonderful herb has so many uses, and a great addition to any garden.
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