Evening primrose oil or EPO as it is popularly known is a dietary supplement which is rich in essential fatty acid like omega 6 and omega 3 and it has been proved that is highly effective in conditions where there is deficiency in the essential fatty acids. This essential oil is very beneficial for human use and has got only some mild side effects. However, it is recommended that you avoid the use of this oil prior to surgery, during the stage of pregnancy or when there is a risk of seizures. Evening primrose is native to the North American regions; however it spread to Asia and some parts of Europe in early 17th century. This oil comes from the plant Oenothera biennis and used as an herbal medicines. Some other names of this plant include hog weed, fever plant as well as German rampion. The entire plant including leaves, roots, buds etc can be eaten. This is also a staple food for many of the Native American primrose.
Evening primrose oil is mainly derived from the dark, small seeds of the plant. 90% of the total evening primrose oil produced in the world comes from China. This oil is used medicinally to treat a plethora of conditions related to low dietary intake of amino acids, fatty acid deficiencies and also various inflammatory, reproductive and cardiovascular disorders.
The high doses of this oil, with correction of the plasma EFA level, produce some excellent clinical improvement. Various studies conducted at different parts of the world also reveal that this oil also helps to improve the percentage of body surface involvement, scaling, dryness, itch etc. Evening primrose oil is regulated as a dietary supplement in USA. In Canada too, this oil is treated as an over the counter product and is used for treating EFA deficiency conditions.
Evening primrose oil is considered as the best oil for the skin. Even though the black current oils and borage oil contains high levels of GLA which are very helpful for skin conditions, the GLA in evening primrose oil appears to be better choice for overall health of your skin. Even though its slightly expensive oil as compared to the other oils, it’s a good deal to buy keeping in minds its wide benefits.
Majority of the anti aging products that are available in the market are making heavy use of this oil in their preparation because of its rich chemical constituents. It is among the highest natural sources for this skin rebuilding nutrients. If you are looking for a fresh, glowing skin that will last throughout your life, you should start using this oil frequently. This oil can be used to treat eczema and other severe skin conditions like psoriasis and acne, both topically as well as orally. Due to its anti inflammatory properties, it also helps to prevent the swelling of rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain.