July 27 2020 – Henrieta Haniskova
Evening Primrose oil has been used as a supplement to help many maladies. It is one of the richest natural sources of Gamma linoleic acid. Used topically on the skin it's not only great cosmetically, but medicinally it's earned the title of ‘King’s Cure-All.’ Known to be regal and noble enough for Kings and Queen’s to use in medicinal applications. Some of them included addressing symptoms of acne, asthma, diabetes, eczema, fatigue, loss of libido and impotence, menstruation and menopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, poor memory, and rheumatism. While in Ayurevedic and Chinese medicine the plant’s and its oil’s therapeutic properties were revered and used to regulate and address issues associated with circulation, inflammation, the female reproductive system and the respiratory and nervous systems. Among various Native American groups and in communities of early settlers, the plant’s various parts were used to make infusions, poultices, and topical pastes intended to address bruises, wounds, and obesity.
Evening Primrose oil is traditionally extracted from the seeds via cold pressing. We use organic extra virgin Evening Primrose oil for our formulas. Extra virgin means the first extraction from the seeds, which produces the most nutrient rich oil.
Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Evening Primrose Oil can be applied directly to the skin to hydrate and prevent acne. To reduce the chances of future breakouts, simply dab 2-3 drops of Evening Primrose Carrier Oil onto pimples to facilitate their healing.
Benefits of Evening Primrose oil:
The main chemical constituents of Evening Primrose Oil are: Linoleic Acids (Omega-6), γ-Linolenic Acid (Omega-6), Oleic Acid (Omega-9), Palmitic Acid, and Stearic Acid.
•Facilitate wound healing
•Soothe acne and reduce chances of future outbreaks
•Help slow the look of aging by sustaining skin elasticity and softness
•Nourish the skin with essential fatty acids
•Effectively soothe pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and symptoms of PMS, including headaches
•Potentially soothe symptoms of allergies
•Encourage healthier brain activity
•Help sustain the health and function of the cells as well as of the immune, nervous, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems
•Have cleansing properties that eliminate dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin
- MEDICINAL: Anti-Inflammatory, Astringent, Analgesic, Stimulant, Anti-Depressant, Sedative, Expectorant, Anti-Histamine, Anti-Coagulant, Immune-Stimulant, Hormone Regulator, Vulnerary, Antispasmodic, Demulcent, Bronchodilator, Cognition-Enhancing.
- COSMETIC: Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant, Cleansing, Nourishing, Astringent.
Used cosmetically or topically, Evening Primrose Oil exhibits soothing and moisturizing properties, and it is gentle enough for use on sensitive and prematurely aging skin. It is reputed to not only moisturize but to also enhance elasticity as well as the texture of flaking or peeling skin, making it an ideal ingredient in formulations for mature skin. With astringent and softening properties, it promotes the look of a healthy, clear, rejuvenated complexion with enhanced radiance. By addressing roughness, wrinkles, redness, dryness, and irritation, it is reputed to soothe skin afflicted with acne, eczema, and psoriasis. When used in hair, Evening Primrose Carrier Oil is known to hydrate and nourish the scalp to fortify the strands and soothe itchiness, dryness, and inflammation, thus preventing or reducing hair loss.
Used medicinally, Evening Primrose Oil eases headaches, dizziness, muscular aches and weakness, tiredness, and slowed reflexes, and irritability.
Evening Primrose Oil has traditionally been used to address symptoms of asthma, diabetes, itching disorders, obesity, cough, metabolic and digestive ailments, high blood pressure, and symptoms of menstruation as well as menopause, among other complaints. By facilitating the healing process, it works to reduce the appearance of scars, to soothe inflammation associated with topical allergies, eczema, and psoriasis.
This attributes are very attractive for moms to be and new moms. The stretching skin in a growing belly needs ti be softened and nourished deeply to prevent unwanted stretch marks. And our skin can still use a lot of TLC after giving birth, or perhaps especially at that time we need pampering and special care. We tend to neglect ourselves and our bodies when the responsibilities and demands of a new baby take over our lives. And it's precisely when we need to be cared for the most.
The changes in hormones after birth don't just affect our ability to lactate and shift mood. They also dramatically effect our skin and skin's appearance. And fantastic oils like Evening Primrose oil can make a substantial difference in reducing the effects of these changing hormones.