In my recent youtube video “how to cure period pain”, I talked about the use of EVENING PRIMROSE OIL. And I got so many questions about it,so today we are going to discuss the benefits of this not so known oil for our skin and hair. In case you’ve missed that video, find it here.
So,Evening primrose oil (EPO) is the oil extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) plant. It contains Gamma linoleic acid (GLA) which is an essential component of myelin, the protective coating around nerve fibers, and neuronal cell membrane.
It is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma, obesity, weak bones (osteoporosis), multiple sclerosis (MS), Sjogren’s syndrome, high cholesterol, heart disease, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia.
But it doesn’t offer health benefits only, it does a laudable job for beauty as well. So today this article is all about this wonder oil’s usage for skin and hair. So, Let’s begin.
Beauty Benefits Of Evening Primrose Oil
When it comes to acne, a reason for it could be hormonal imbalance. The Topical treatments treat existing pimples or scars, but not the root cause of them. So,here comes our star product,EPO. The omega-6 fatty acids present in evening primrose oil can help in regulating hormone levels, hence cure the acne caused by it. Apart from acne treatment, these fatty acids improve nerve function and promotes skin elasticity. To treat your acne with EPO, take one capsule (1000mg) daily. You can also use the oil directly on your face.
Face Massage Oil
Although EPO doesn’t fit in the category of carrier oils but it is an excellent oil for face massage. If you want an oil that is good for acne, can remove fine lines and wrinkles, you might be looking for this one. If you don’t get primrose oil in a liquid form, you can use a capsule and cut it in half to get the oil.
Excessive hair growth
There are so many different problems related to the hormonal imbalance, and one of them is body and facial hair.People employ different methods or devices to solve that issue. But instead of facial wax and razors, why not opt for a primrose oil capsule which can help you in reducing the growth of unwanted hair on your body. It can regulate hormones which are responsible for excessive hair growth.Ask your dermatologist to know the exact dose of EPO depending on your hair growth severity.
Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
You look the best when you are smiling and happy. So why let the PMS bother you? In PMS a woman experiences breast tenderness, bloating, depression, irritability, foggy thinking and headaches.Those mood changes not only spoil your day but can also lead to an unhappy chain around you. Studies show that some women with breast pain might not have high enough levels of certain ”fatty acids.” So instead of lying on a couch and feeling ugly, pop in a 500mg capsule of evening primrose oil twice a day to naturally treat PMS symptoms.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
It is an endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age.It impacts fertility and has serious health implications as well. The inclusion of PCOS under beauty heading was for the reason that it can treat some PCOS symptoms like irregular menstrual cycle, obesity, acne, balding, and excessive menstrual bleeding. EPO helps in fertility and labor too. Ask your gynecologist for the exact dosage depending upon your condition.
A big big big issue in both men and women is hair loss or baldness.The best way to prevent this issue is with diet or supplements.Hair loss in ladies is generally due to high levels of stress, hormone imbalance, thyroid conditions or toxic exposure.To fight this imbalance and stress, take 500 mg twice a day and you’ll begin to see results in six to eight weeks.You can also rub evening primrose oil onto your hair or add it to your shampoo.
Dark eye circles
Dark circles sometimes can be very stubborn and can ruin your entire look.An easy way to treat them is with a DIY eye cream.Make an under eye cream with evening primrose oil +vitamin E oil and almond oil. It helps in reducing dark circles, puffiness and eye bags. Use this mixture every night before going to the bed and massage the oil under your eye area till it gets absorbed.
Eczema is dry, red, itchy skin that can blister or crack. It is generally caused by an allergic response to foods or chemicals or other substances.People with eczema don’t have the normal ability to process fatty acids which results in a deficiency of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This omega-6 fatty acid helps in reducing inflammation and cell growth. EPO is remarkably effective in relieving eczema symptoms like itching, redness and edema.An EPO capsule of 500 mg twice a day can help you treat it.
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, relapsing, itchy skin condition that commonly starts in childhood. The condition begins with a defective metabolism of essential fatty acids. Evening primrose oil can help with age-related structural and functional changes in skin tissues, such as redness, firmness, roughness and fatigue resistance. Try taking 500 mg EPO capsule twice daily and you may notice some improvements in 5 to 6 months.
It occurs when skin cells replicate too quickly, which results in swollen patches under the skin covered with whitish scales on top. The scaly patches, also known as psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. The causes of psoriasis include hormonal changes, poor diet and difficulty in digesting protein. EPO is an ideal medicine for this condition due to its ability to check hormone balance and digestion. A dosage of two EPO capsules of 500mg each a day can help in treating psoriasis.
Before you consider taking evening primrose oil
Always consult your doctor before taking EPO if:
- you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- you have allergies to medicines, foods, or any ingredient in evening primrose oil
The reported side effects of EPO are rare and mild including nausea, stomach pain, and headaches. If your dose is too high, you may suffer from stomach pain and loose stools. Although specific interactions with evening primrose oil are unknown but some medicines may interact with it.The dosage for primrose oil varies depending on the particular ailment. If you miss a dose for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern.
So to conclude it, all I can say is that Evening Primrose Oil has a lot to live up to. It’s high GLA content makes it an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, which can help in health and beauty related day to day problems.Talking of results, some people benefit more than others (perhaps due to genetic differences). So the only way to know if EPO is the right tool for you is to try it. It could be the Super Supplement you were looking for!
Until next time,