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Benefits of Evening Primrose Oil

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Health care is a major news story these days. Turn on the television and someone is talking about it. Whether you are fortunate enough to have health insurance or not, you are probably concerned with your health and that of your family.

For those looking for alternatives to traditional medicine, you may want to look into the benefits of evening primrose oil.

Evening primrose has been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years among Native American tribes. Medical science has been studying this herb and found that it has healing properties which may be beneficial for a number of illnesses and conditions.

While all parts of the evening primrose plant can be used medicinally, it is the oil from this flowering plant that is most effective. Evening primrose oil is made by gathering the seeds of the plant and pressing them to release the oil. This oil contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is an essential fatty acid.

One of the many uses of evening primrose oil is to counteract the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. This oil contains eight to ten percent GLA which is higher than many plants. By using evening primrose, many women notice breast pain, bloating, depression, and cramps are reduced each month. Some women have even found the symptoms have disappeared altogether. Follow the oral dosing instructions on the package to receive the most benefit from this oil.

Do you or someone in your family have eczema or another common skin problem? If you look at the ingredients on commercial skin treatments, you may find evening primrose oil listed on the label. This powerful oil has been proven effective for treating rashes, dry skin, eczema, and even acne.

Evening primrose oil is taken orally over the course of the day to treat eczema or atopic dermatitis. It can be given to children and adults. Dosages are generally determined by weight and guidelines are printed on the label.

Another benefit of evening primrose oil is the anti-inflammatory properties in has. If you or someone you know suffers from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, you may want to suggest they supplement their diet with evening primrose oil. Reports show those taking this supplement have decreased inflammation and joint swelling.

Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy are common today. Evening primrose oil has been shown to reduce the tingling, numbness, and sensation of loss that diabetics with neuropathy can suffer from. By supplementing the diet, evening primrose may help prevent the nerve damage associated with diabetes. The diabetics you know will thank you for suggesting they take this.

You’ll find evening primrose at many larger discount stores in the pharmacy section, at pharmacies, and at health food stores. If you can find evening primrose plants, you may even want to learn how to make your own herbal remedies. Now you know about the benefits of evening primrose oil, you might want to get some for yourself.

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