Tall evening primrose, with its bright yellow, sweetly scented flowers, is a must-have in the herb garden. For centuries it was grown as a culinary rather than medicinal herb. However, research in the 1980s discovered that the oil from the seeds has valuable medicinal properties.
Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This is an essential fatty acid that our bodies cannot produce. Externally the oil is used for eczema, psoriasis and acne; rashes; dry, itchy skin; reducing wrinkles and scarring. Taken internally, evening primrose helps keep skin healthy, balance female hormones and improve circulation. It also helps reduce swelling and eases depression and hyperactivity.
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