The Benefits Of Evening Primrose Oil

October 17, 2014

Evening Primrose carrier oil, also known as Oenothera biennis, has many benefits when incorporated with the gifts of essential oils. Grown during the months of June through September, its bright yellow flowers open in the evening, hence its name. All parts of the Evening Primrose flower are edible, however, the abundantly nourishing oil is extracted from the dark colored seeds through a process of cold press extraction. Cold press extraction preserves the nutrients that are lost through the use of heat extraction and solvents. Evening Primrose oil should be refrigerated after opening to preserve its integrity and assist in achieving its maximum shelf life of six to twelve months.

The therapeutic nature of this oil is primarily due to its essential fatty acid content, which is highly beneficial to all the layers of the skin. These essential fatty acids make this oil an excellent choice to add to topical preparations to assist in the healing of dermatological conditions such as inflammation, dryness, dandruff and fine line. Although this is an oil, the skin will absorb all of its nutrients.

According to research noted by the Linus Pauling Institute associated with Oregon State University, the topical application of essential fatty acids, primarily gamma-linoleic acid, showed evidence of modulating inflammatory reactions in the skin, such as those found with sunburn and dermatitis. This was noted to be a result of the essential fatty acids directly affecting inflammatory and immune system responses.

It is best to use this oil blended with other carrier oils such as Avocado oil, Grapeseed oil or Sweet Almond oil for larger areas that require attention. However, if the desired use is for a facial treatment, for conditions like blemishes or fine lines, blending this oil with a small amount of well-chosen, therapeutic essential oils will provide you with some amazing results!  

Some Suggested Applications

Here is an effective facial therapy that you may consider for general facial care:

General Facial Care Blend

Mix the above recipe in a clean, amber bottle to keep protected from sunlight. In the evening after cleansing, apply the synergistic blend to the face, paying particular attention to any areas of redness and wrinkles. Let it soak in for at least 10 minutes before heading to bed. You will soon notice much happier skin!

Skin Irritation Blend

Another therapy to consider for skin irritations would be:

Again, mix all contents into a dark container to protect from light. This therapeutic blend would be excellent for treating all sorts of skin inflammations, redness and general itching.

Evening Primrose oil is a wonderful addition to incorporate into your natural home care wellness supplies. It’s versatile, exceptionally healing and it works!


**This information is provided as a courtesy to our customers. Please exercise proper safety when working with essential oils and use them at your own risk. For those new to essential oils, we recommend consulting a certified aromatherapist for individual guidelines as we do not know what conditions, medications and allergies you may have and want to be certain our customers are safe.


  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Ann! Yes, you can combine these carrier oils to obtain their benefits. There isn’t a recommended dose, other than your preference of oil you wish to use

    On June 12, 2017

  • Ann says...

    Can you mix hemp oil and primrose oil. If so, what would be the dose for using as a body oil at night?

    On June 11, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Elizabeth! Here is a great free e-book written by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger on the use of essential oils to help counter side effects of radiation during cancer treatment:

    In this e-book, Sylla mentions essential oils she used to lighten marks and scarring caused by radiation. A book we recommend to learn more about essential oils is The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele.

    On April 20, 2017

  • Elizabeth Crasten says...

    I have skin cancers on my arms and legs from tanning as a teenager. I’m 85 now and know better than to stay in the sun. I read that Primrose is good for the skin. would this help me get rid of or lighten the marks on my arm? Can it be used alone or does it have to be combined with a carrier oil.
    I also asked once for a suggestion on a book to help me understand all the oils. you answered me but i failed to write them down. can you help me again?

    On April 19, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Lisa! Geranium and Meadowfoam are great oils for use in your regular skincare routine.

    On March 24, 2017

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