Evening primrose has long been used in healthcare and holistic treatments for a variety of different conditions, but aside from addressing actual issues, it has many side benefits too. We will discuss the side effects which can cause problems, however, overall evening primrose, whether an oil or a supplement, has been used for years, especially when helping to control hormonal issues in women.
The Benefits of Evening Primrose
- Perfect for improving skin conditions, such as hormonal acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis
- A natural way to relieve anxiety
- Promotes hair growth and can help with hair loss, when added to shampoo or used topically
- Ideal for treating PMS symptoms and menopausal symptoms, as it helps to regulate hormones
- Can promote fertility, by helping to increase cervical mucous
- Can be used in pregnancy (with caution – always seek advice) by helping to ripen the cervix for labour, in the latter stages of pregnancy
- Anti-ageing properties for skin – can help to improve skin elasticity
- Helps to improve skin appearance overall – reduces redness, dark circles, and overall pigmentation issues
- Can be used to help treat rheumatoid arthritis, by helping to reduce pain and morning stiffness problems – bear in mind that the effects may take a few months to show
- Can also be used to treat osteoporosis – again, the benefits may take a few months to show, but evidence has shown that evening primrose oil can help decrease bone loss rates and increase bone density at the same time
- Great for rejuvenating and hydrating dry skin when used topically
- Can help to heal burns and skin wounds – mild only however
- Can also help to reduce skin inflammation
- Dark circles under the eyes can be significantly reduced with minimal use of the oil (in a careful manner when using anything around the eyes)
- Can also be used to treat dandruff when added to the scalp or shampoo
- Hair texture can also be improved with regular use of the oil
- Can help with your overall mood if you suffer from hormonal imbalances
- Can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, when used as part of a healthy lifestyle and diet.
- Known to help prevent mild depression symptoms, or reduce them in those already suffering
- Possibly helps to boost the nervous system and therefore prevent illness and that feeling of being ‘run down’ or ‘under the weather’.
A Word of Warning …
As with any supplement, there are side effects which can affect some people. If you are taking any regular medications, check with your doctor if you are able to take evening primrose supplements or oil, and always seek advice in pregnancy. Drug interactions can occur, so always check this out.
Common or recognised side effects include:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Stomach acid issues
- Anxiety feelings
- Skin infection
- Ripening of the cervix
- Difficulty swallowing
While these side effects are rarely severe, again, always seek advice before taking any supplement.
So, do you think evening primrose may be some help to you?