evening primrose


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evening primrose

n.
Any of various plants of the family Onagraceae and especially the genus Oenothera of the Americas, having four-petaled usually yellow flowers that open in the evening and whose seeds yield an oil used in herbal medicine.

evening primrose

Herbal medicine
A biennial herb that contains essential fatty acids, including gamma linoleic acid; it is has been widely used for heart disease, hypercholesterolaemia, premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, breast pain, menopause, eczema, psoriasis, acne, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, asthma, diabetes, hyperactivity and gastrointestinal disorders.

There are no peer-reviewed studies to support the efficacy of evening primrose.

Toxic effects
Headaches, nausea, seizures, skin rashes.
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Evening primrose oil products are widely used and are particularly known for their beneficial effects on women with menstrual problems.
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Evening primrose oil: Most GPs would recommend this as first-line treatment for cyclical breast pain.
It contains evening primrose and lavender oils for a soothing scent that is not irritating to the skin.
They use ingredients like Royal Jelly, Evening Primrose Oil, collagen and vitamins A, C & E without synthetic perfumes, colours or animal testing.
Also, take three evening primrose oil 500mg capsules last thing at night to make skin more supple.
Evening Primrose Oil is also a good hormone balancer, which could help with cravings for those naughty foods.