The Benefits Of Evening Primrose Oil
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
- 1 tbsp of Evening Primrose oil
- 2 drops of Geranium oil
- 1 drop Lavender oil
- 1 capsule of Vitamin E, with contents drained into mixture
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:
- 1 tablespoon Sweet Almond oil
- 1 teaspoon Avocado oil
- 2 teaspoon of Evening Primrose oil
- 15 drops Helichrysum oil
- 5 drops Lavender oil
- 1 capsule of Vitamin E
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.