Evening Primrose, scientifically known as Oenothera Biennis, is native to Europe as well as North America and has been a part of traditional medications since ancient times. Legend has it that leaves and seeds of the Evening Primrose were used by Native Americans for curing bruises, wounds, as well as other skin related problems.
Evening primrose oil has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C. It consists of pain relieving compound phenylalanine and is progressively being used to treat chronic headaches. It is presently being studied all over the world as a treatment for aging problems, acne, symptoms of menopause, weight control, obesity, and much more. It has so many preventive and therapeutic qualities that it has become a standard part of recommendations of many herbalists for maintaining youth and preventing disease.
The oil is extracted from the seeds and it has emollient properties thanks to the high content in linoleic, gamma-linolenic (vasoprotection of capillaries), oleic, palmitic and stearic acids. It also contains sterols and triterpenes. Evening primrose oil has proved to be a valuable treatment for people suffering from skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.