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Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose is a plant that’s native to Europe and North America. It is known for its medicinal uses. Evening Primrose oil is the oil obtained from seeds of evening primrose plant. It contains high amounts of Omega-6 essential fatty acids.

Benefits of taking Evening Primrose Oil

  • Taking Primrose oil regularly is known to cure nerve damage caused by diabetes
  • Taking Primrose oil with fish oil and calcium increases bone density in elderly people, thereby curing osteoporosis
  • It is also used for various skin disorders such as eczema, acne and psoriasis
  • Some people use it for Chronic Fatigue Failure
  • Women use evening primrose oil in pregnancy for checking high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), shortening labor, starting labor, and preventing delayed deliveries. They also use evening primrose oil for symptoms such as hot flashes and breast pain
  •  It is also used to cure obesity as it helps in weight loss

Natural sources of Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil is derived from seeds of Evening primrose plant.

When should you take Evening Primrose Oil?
People suffering from eczema or atopic dermatitis may take evening Primrose Oil as it is known to cure such problems. Women, suffering from breast pain during menstruation may also take it.

When should you avoid Evening Primrose Oil?

  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs): Evening primrose oil might slow blood clotting. Taking evening primrose oil along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
  • Taking primrose oil with phenothiazines can increase the risk of seizure in few people.
  • Those who are allergic to plants in the Onagraceae family, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), or other constituents in EPO should also avoid its use to prevent severe side effects.

 

Quantity to be taken
Although Primrose oil is mostly safe, you must consult your doctor about the dosage. For breast pain: 3-4 grams daily (by mouth) can be taken.

Expert tips/ Precautions:

  • There is a lack of adequate information on the use of Evening Primrose oil during pregnancy or lactation. So, it is better to stay safe and avoid its use
  • There is apprehension that evening primrose oil might add to the chance of bruising and bleeding. Don’t use it if you have a bleeding disorder
  • Evening primrose oil might also add to the possibility of bleeding during or after surgery. Stop using it at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.