It’s a small, yellow wildflower found in North America, Europe, and parts of Asia that is most sought out for its oil.
Used cosmetically or topically, Evening Primrose Oil soothes and moisturizes the skin, scalp, and hair while enhancing elasticity. It helps promote a healthy, clear, rejuvenated complexion with enhanced radiance and addresses roughness, wrinkles, redness, dryness, and irritation.
Evening Primrose Oil is one of the richest plant sources of GLA, or gamma-linolenic acid, a very special Omega 6 essential fatty acid. GLA helps to regulate skin's moisture, reduces inflammation, and can also stimulate the growth of healthy hair and skin.
Studies have indicated that using evening primrose oil topically might help with hair loss. One study, by the University of Maryland, which gave patients who’d experienced significant hair loss primrose oil to take for seven months, found that the patients had significant hair regrowth by the end. Try mixing evening primrose oil with rosemary essential oil, which has been known to help with hair loss and increase hair thickness.
Alternative medicine has linked primrose oil to helping with nerve-crush injuries. Inflammation leads to loads of troubles, from diabetes to autoimmune diseases — in which the immune system attacks body tissues, mistaking them for dangerous invaders. Research suggests evening primrose oil may even be conducive in relieving the side effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease. Adding an evening primrose oil supplement along with fish oil — another anti-inflammatory — into the diet of those suffering from inflammation-related diseases may go a long way in reducing some of the symptoms. Thanks to its high levels of omega-6 fatty acids— a healthy fat that’s in short supply from food — evening primrose oil has proven useful in helping balance hormones.
For teens experiencing skin blemishes, using evening primrose oil both topically and internally might help alleviate symptoms. Additionally, melaleuca (tea tree) oil has proven to help reduce acne because of its strong antibacterial properties, while patchouli is great for healthy skin.