Evening Primrose OilFlower Power
Famously referred to as the ‘King’s Cure-All’, evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) has a long history as a natural health remedy. Native to North and South America, it is a flowering plant that blooms at sunset instead of sunrise. Evening primrose oil is the oil derived from the seeds of the plant and has been used through the ages in medicinal applications to address symptoms of acne, asthma, diabetes, eczema, fatigue, loss of libido and impotence, menstruation and menopause.
Research suggests that evening primrose oil:
Improves overall skin health
Clears up acne
May help relieve symptons of PMS and menopause
Soothes and eases eczema
May boost hair growth
No Artificial Additives
A unique formula
Our cold pressed oil derived from the seeds of the evening primrose plant has been used for centuries in a range of medicinal applications.
We add vitamin E to our formulation, a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce free radical damage and slow the aging process of your cells.
Benefits backed by science
Overall skin health: Evening primrose oil boosts your body’s stores of skin-nourishing GLA (a fatty acid your skin can’t produce on its own). GLA is necessary for ideal skin structure and function. As the skin can’t produce GLA on its own, researchers believe taking GLA-rich Evening Primrose Oil helps keep skin healthy overall. Evening primrose oil helps improve your skin’s:
- fatigue resistance
Acne: Evening primrose oil is thought to help acne by reducing skin inflammation and the number of skin cells that cause lesions.
Eczema: Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition. Some countries have approved evening primrose oil to treat it. If you suffer from eczema or other forms of atopic dermatitis, it may be caused by a deficiency of GLA.
Evening primrose oil contains arachidonic acid. This ingredient has been shown to promote new hair growth and help existing hair shafts to grow longer. It may also help reduce scalp inflammation and hair follicle damage.
An older study suggests evening primrose oil is highly effective in treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, such as:
This is because of GLA, which triggers a chemical reaction that seems to prevent PMS.
Why take our Evening Primrose Oil
Our Evening Primrose Oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the evening primrose plant. Cold pressed, non-raffinated evening primrose oil products are likely to have greater health benefits than conventional evening primrose oil preparations as they contain triterpene esters, which research suggests offer a range of health benefits.
Our team optimised our Evening Primrose Oil formulation by adding vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce free radical damage and slow the aging process of your cells.
Evening Primrose Oil’s principal healing benefits are said to derive from its gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) content. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid found in plant oils.
Evening primrose oil is thought to help acne by reducing skin inflammation and the number of skin cells that cause lesions. It may also help the skin retain moisture and add a dewy glow. One study found that GLA supplementation reduced both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions. Some research also suggests that evening primrose oil also soothes cheilitis, a swollen, red rash around your lips caused by isotretinoin (also known as Roaccutane, a common anti-acne drug).
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition. Some countries have approved evening primrose oil to treat it. If you suffer from eczema or other forms of atopic dermatitis, it may be caused by a deficiency of GLA. According to an older study, the GLA in evening primrose oil may improve the skin’s epidermis (top layer of skin) which gets inflamed by eczema. Evening primrose oil supplements are a natural alternative to the long-term use of corticosteroid creams or pills, which can have undesirable side effects.
Research suggests you can take Evening Primrose Oil when it's convenient for you. We'd recommend earlier in the day and with a meal and water to help absorption. Avoid taking with caffeine as this can prevent absorption and increase excretion.
Taking evening primrose by mouth is potentially safe during pregnancy. However, we recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional before supplementing with evening primrose oil during pregnancy.
Evening primrose oil is typically safe with few side effects. In some cases it may cause side effects such as stomach upset, headache, nausea, and diarrhea.
However, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or, in particular, take anticoagulant medications (blood thinners), we recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional before supplementing with evening primrose oil.