Evening Primrose

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Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis L.)

Parts used: the oil from the seed

Constituents: polyunsaturated fatty acids - up to 80% linoleic acid, up to 14% gamma linolenic acid (GLA), oleic acid, palmitic acid

Actions: anti-arteriosclerotic

Indications: premenstrual syndrome, eczema, hyperactivity

Applications: The body uses GLA for the production of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that help regulate the body’s metabolism and endocrine system. Evening Primrose oil is often used to ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, particularly breast tenderness. It can help lower blood pressure and prevents clumping of blood platelets, and it appears to exert a calming effect on hyperactive children. Applied topically, the oil is of value in alleviating itching, flaking and inflamed skin.

Safety: Contraindicated in epilepsy.

Dosage: 1000mg daily

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