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WHAT IS IT?
Evening Primrose oil comes in capsules, there are different ways of taking them so you should look at the dose instructions for the ones that you buy.
WHAT IS PRIMROSE OIL FOR?
It is used to help a lot of different problems like skin conditions, period pains and also asthma and eczema.
WHAT ARE THE CAPSULES LIKE?
I think evening primrose oil capsules are always a little bit bigger than cod liver oil tablets but I have always thought they are just as easy to swallow. The ones I have got now were from Waitrose and they have got a little bit of an oily aftertaste so I will not buy them again because I do not like it and I don't get this taste with other primrose oil capsules.
WHAT I THINK
I have been taking Evening Primrose Oil capsules for a year because I have a skin condition that makes some of my body skin dry and sore. I have improved ever since I started taking them and even though my doctor gave me some very good cream it did not make all of my problem go away, 2 of my clients both said I should try evening primrose oil and they said this on the same day so I brought the first box only to trial. They did not work immediate but I did not think that would happen and it was about 4 months later that I saw my skin looked healthier and was not so dry.
I have noticed a lessening of my monthly symptoms since I began to take evening primrose also and I am happy about that because I did not know that that was a benefit until recent.
Evening Primrose Oil capsules are a little bit expensive and cost between £5 and £10 for 60 capsules.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
It was about 6 years ago that I first started using Evening Primrose oil in the form of capsules in an attempt to try and clear up my Eczema. I had suffered with eczema quite badly for about 6 months, when a work colleague of mine suggested that I should give it a try, and as I was willing to try anything to get rid of the eczema I tried it the next day.
~~~ What is Evening Primrose Oil? ~~~
The Evening Primrose plant is the source for the oil. The plants are native to North America, and have pretty little yellow flowers on them. The oil which is derived from these plants contains a rich source of gamma-linoleic acid, which is better known as GLA. The human body makes its own gamma-linoleic acid from essential fatty aids (EFAs). Essential fatty acids have numerous functions in the body, such as toning blood vessels, balancing water levels, and improving the action of the digestive system, and brain functioning.
This makes evening Primrose Oil ideal for sufferers of eczema and psoriasis, as it helps to reduce the scaling and redness, and prevents itching and irritation, as well as encouraging the skin to heal.
~~~ Did it work for me? ~~~
This is very difficult for me to give a direct YES or No answer to, simply because I was trying numerous other creams and ointments at the same time, and also moved to new house, as well as started a new job which all coincided with my eczema starting to clear up rapidly before dissapearing completely.
As I mentioned above I did suffer with it really badly, and it gradually took over my whole body, and I was often woken in the night by my wife to let me know that I was scratching uncontrollably at it, and almost every morning my sheets were covered in blood stains from my scratching and itching. I started to feel like I would never get rid of it, and I hated socialising with friends and family as I was so embarrased at the state of my skin.
I took Evening Primrose Oil in the form of the capsules, which are just like the ones in the picture above. I took 1 X 1000mg capsule a day, and within 3-4 weeks, my skin was back to normal, and if anything it was better than it had ever been. Once my supply of capsules ran out, I never bothered to replace it, because as far as I was concerned that was the end of the eczema. This winter however it has returned, but so far it is only in small patches on my face around my eyes and nose. I purchased a new supply of Evening Primrose Oil capsules, and started to take 1 X 1000mg capule daily about 2 weeks ago, and it is already starting to show definate signs of improvement.
Evening Primrose Oil can also be purchased in liquid form, which can be swallowed, or even rubbed into the skin. Rubbing it into the skin is something that I tried just once, but I found it left my skin really greasy all day, and it would make my clothing stick to my body, so I resorted back to taking the capsules.
Aside from the benefits of Evening Primrose oil for improving the symtoms of skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis, it also has a lot of other (proven and un-proven) health benefits, such as helping to prevent PMS and MS as well as Asthma. The essential fatty acids are also reported to help slow down the skins ageing process. Also you might expect that putting additional oils into the body might not be good for the waistline, but this is something I never experience, and in fact there are studies that have shown that Evening Primrose oil can have a stimulating effect on the body, making it convert fat into energy, which in turn helps the waistline!
Evening Primrose oil is available in a whole range of doses in both capsule and liquid form at most pharmacies and health stores such as superdrug, boots, Holland and Barrets etc. An important thing to look for when buying it is the amount of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) that is contained within the capsules, as it varies from brand to brand, but basically the higher the GLA the better the capsule, although this will often be reflected in the price.
I decided last week to make the effort to try and take a capsule of Evening Primrose oil regularly from now on, even during 'eczema free' periods, as I feel there are numerous benefits from the stuff. I cannot say with any evidence that this cured my eczema in the past, or that it is responsible for the improvement so far this time, but I feel confident that it is certainly assisting my skin in a big way, and if there is any substance in the anti-ageing and body stimulation studies, then I can't go wrong with it!!
Thansk for reading.
© L500589 2012
As I said in my previous review on T-Gel I suffer from Psoriasis although my case is considered minor I have tried all sorts of creams, herbal remedies and UV light treatments. One of the more natural remedies I read on a number of forums for Psoriasis especially under the nails which is a nightmare area to treat is Evening Primrose oil. I have been to the doctor a number of times with this complaint and told that there is no treatment for it.
Upon reading about Evening Primrose I decided to give it a go at £3.49 for 90 capsules I had nothing to lose. Luckily for me Asda had a Buy One Get One Free On offer so I had a nice supply. Reading the back of the tub they are an excellent source of vitamin E and contain something called Gamma Linolenic Acid whatever that is.
I started these back an January and most of the forums I had read said they work on the nails very quickly. I was seeing no improvement at all after about 6 weeks at all so decided to double my dosage and take 2 capsules a day which I then increased to 3 a few weeks later. The capsules are small and yellow and very easy to swallow. Towards the end of my 2nd Tub I started to see an improvement of the thickness of and pitting in my nails and the white end of nail started to have a lot more shape to ,so I decided to buy some more.
I have now been using Evening Primrose for coming up to a year and take 3 capsules religiously every day. I have also started biting the capsules in my mouth and swallowing the liquid, it does not taste bad at all. My nails still have some bits of dry skin under some of them but they have improved tenfold and some nails which were affected are completely cleared.
I am not 100% sure if the improvement is down to the EPO capsules I as I also started taking other supplements at the same time including Zinc. Alongside this I introduced a lot more oily fish into my diet so I would not like to say what has made me see the improvement but whatever it is I am delighted with the results.
I would recommend anybody who is suffering from Nail Psoriasis to give these a try you have nothing to lose. I am sure they have a lot of other benefits as well but in I am just trying to share my personal experience.
Evening Primrose oil has been used for centuries as a medicine and it is a popular suplement today which is good for menstrual problems and inflamation. I take regular medication which can raise the levels of the hormone prolactin in the body, this makes my breast grow huge and get very tender. I was advised by a doctor the evening primrose oil may help my symptoms and to make sure that I took a total of 1200mg of the active ingredient GLA per day.
Deciding which brand of evening primrose oil to take is important, it is vital that you look at the side of the bottle to see how much GLA each capsule contains. I just looked on the Holland and Barrett website for example and their 100mg evening primrose oil capsules contain only 270mg of GLA per capsule and many other brands contain much less meaning you would need to take several per day to get the high dose my doctor suggested. Shop around for special offers, a more expensive capsule which contains high doses of GLA may work out cheaper in the long run than a cheaper pill which is less effective.
I found that within days of starting to take the evening primrose oil capsules that my symptoms started to ease and within a couple of weeks my breast pain had completely gone. I also found that within a few weeks my skin looked healthier than it had for years and looked really smooth and my complexion was lovely and clear, my hair was lovely and shiny too.
Many people will worry about weight gain when taking an oil based capsule and I will admit that when I was taking several capsules a day I did worry slightly about the calories however the oils contained are the good oils known as essential fatty acids which many of us are deficient in due to poor diet. There have even been some studies showing that GLA speeds up weight loss but unfortunately that is something I never personally experienced.
The NHS used to prescribe evening primrose oil for hormonal problems and I think it is a shame they no longer do so. Based on my own experieces I would say that it is worth women giving a try if they suffer from PMT or sore breasts as it workes amazingly well for me.
I started taking these during my teen years and have continued, except while I was pregnant, to take them everyday. They are advertised as having, among other benefits, the ingredients necessary to control Pre menstrual Tension and mood swings.
After having my second child I decided to try having periods without taking them but about two regular periods later my PMT was out of control, I was back to being constantly irritated by everything and everyone.
I cannot recommend these enough. they have no side effects and have made me a lot easier to live with. I take one 1000mg capsule a day, however I would suggest starting with a smaller dose and only increasing if it has no effect. The smallest dose I have found is 500mg and they go up to 1300mg. The capsules are readily available in the supermarket or health stores like Holland and Barrett and can also be purchased in a combined capsule with Cod Liver Oil or Starflower.
Some shops also sell this product as suitable for vegetarians.
I would recommend this product to anyone who is suffering at that certain time of the month, it is a life saver.
Evening primrose oil was one of the remedies I attempted when I suffered from eczema. This is something I used mostly between the ages of 5 and 10, and ocassionally since then.
I took this in two forms, one as a capsule similar to the picture above. This was taken orally twice a day, I either swallowed it, or snipped of the end of the capsule and sucked up the oil inside which was most often the case, as my tiny little throat was too scared to swallow the capsule.
It is difficult to describe the taste of this oil, as a child I actually quite liked it, it is neither sweet nor savoury, though leaning more toward the sweet. If you've ever tried cod-liver oil...worry not...it tastes nothing like it.
I cannot be the best judge as to whether it works well on its own as I was on various other medications along with this, both for eczema and asthma...yup I was that kid! I no longer suffer from asthma, and this was the only natural rememdy that I used in relation to asthma, so I think it must have helped a little bit towards that.
The other form was, buying the oil in bottles and then applying it to my skin. Again the smell is diffcult to describe, one of the bottles I have has kind of gone off a bit so it smells like a fish. But the actual oil just smells mildly sweet.
As a kid I remember my parents would literally smear a lot of the oil wherever the eczema was, mostly arms, legs, face and neck, as you can imagine it is not really comfortable walking around in this state, and because of the amount of oil that I'd be wearing my skin did not absorb it quickly. It can also be problematic as I always had to be aware of not leaning on walls or doors, and my clothing would cling to me. What was worse was the fact that it did not stop the itching, and as a six year old I didn't care that I would later regret making my skin bleed, so I'd scratch and scratch and scratch, and that just removed all the oil and made my fingernails all dirty and hands all oily, and skin red and bloody. So applying it to my skin was not helpful at that time.
If you or your child suffers from heavy eczema and you want to try oils, you would be better off trying neem oil (if you don't want to try steroid creams...which to be honest is the only thing that truly worked for me). Neem oil smells disgusting, but it tones down the itchiness a notch, not a lot. However if trying primrose oil, when using on a child, just use a bit...and if they are young enough to not know how to take off mittens, this would be helpful to prevent them from scratching. If using on an older child, you really need to pay attention to them, distract them if they start to scratch. I believe that the oil can help, if they just don't scratch.
I think primarily what you need to do first is tackle itchiness, once you get rid of the itchiness then try oils. For itchiness try creams with hydrocortisone, and go to the doctor to get a special hydrocortisone cream that is safe to use on your face.
Now having said all that, ocassionally I still put a dab of evening primrose oil on my arms, as I no longer suffer from eczema but the odd dry patch of skin, and I have a little bit more self-control when it comes to scratching. The evening primrose oil does make my skin feel soft, and with a dab of it my skin also absorbs the oil fairly quickly, and it smells nice, very very subtle, but nice.
This is a mixed review, though mostly when reading this back it sounds very negative. To make it more helpful I'll say, if you are a mild sufferer of eczema then it is fine to use this. If you are a heavy sufferer who wants to give it a go, by all means do so, but you are more likely going to find yourself using it in addition to other things, and to be honest I don't think it would make a huge difference if you didn't use it at all.
Afterthought: Perhaps taking the capsules may make a difference to your internal organs?!
In Boots: Capsules - £5.99, Oil in bottle - £6.99.
I am a firm believer in Evening Primrose Oil. I have been taking it for about 8 years, and if for any reason I stop taking it, I really notice a difference.
It it said that it helps with most problems related with menstruation. I find that this is true to a certain extent. I used to get really bad cramps all the time when I was a bit younger and I still get the odd ones now, but nothing compared with how they used to be.
I also find that it really regulates mood swings. I used to get really bad mood swings the week before my period and now I hardly even notice a change in my mood. If I stop taking this though I do notice a difference in my moods.
I'm not saying this is a miracle cure, but it is a natural oil so it's worth giving a go, I found it really helped with cramps and mood swings, those are the only two real bad symptoms I used to suffer with so I'm not sure about other problems related to menstruation.
I take 500mg tablets (one every day). I have found them the cheapest at Aldi. I did buy them from boots once and the capsules were really huge like the ones pictured and they were hard to swallow, but the aldi ones and sainsbury's ones are a smaller size and a lot more manageable.
Not a magic cure but definitely worth a go.
Evening primrose oil EPO comes from the plant Evening Primrose,originally found in North America. These days it is found all over the world andmore commonly, in many shapes and forms on your supermarket shelf! The oil itself is taken from the seeds of the plant in its second year and the oil is full of fatty acids such as Gammalinolinic acid GLA. This oil is then converted by the body to produce compounds like prostaglandins and compensate for missing enzymes, all this leading to a fight against inflamation.
Evening primrose oil is fantastic used for a whole load of ailments such as soothing discomfort from skin disorders such as eczema, taking EPO for a few months has been found to alleviate itching.
Its also great for easingmenstrual problems such as PMS, tenderness and cramps.
It can be used to reduce rheumatic pain and other inflammatory conditions as I outlined earlier with the conversion of fatty acids like GLA.
And on the topic of GLA, research is now taking place in the study of the effect of acids such as GLA in treatment of hyperactive children.
All in all, evening primrose oil is a fantastic supplement for anybody ( not just women as it is widely thought!) The best form of EPO is capsules which are widely available from health stores and supermarkets. Some people may experience mild side effects from EPO such as head aches or mild stomach upsets and many doctors would not recommend EPO in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Its also not recommended for anyone with clotting problems or epilepsy.
Following all the guidlines and asking a doctor first is important, however if EPO is suitable for you it can be very beneficial to even the healthiest of bodies!
Evening primrose oil (EPO) has been used for many years to treat and aid numerous health problems.
It is a tall plant 4-5 ft and has yellow flowers with four petals, it is native to North America but is also grown in Europe.
The oil is extracted by pressing the tiny seeds.
It is used to help treat: heart disease, cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. It has a positive effect on sex hormones.
It is also beneficial if you suffer from eczema, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pms, menopausal symptoms and breast pain. It is an anti inflammatory and helps relieve pain. It is sometimes used during pregnancy to shorten the duration of labour but check with your doctor before first.
It can also help reduce the craving for alcohol which is good if you are trying to cut down.
In some people it can cause headaches and nausea and should not be taken if you suffer from fits. If in doubt its always best to check with your doctof first.
I have been taking EPO for three months now and have found that it does help in several of the above symptoms.
You can buy it in 500mg and 1000mg capsules and pure oil.
I have tried both, the oil is the better quality but this reflects in the price.
When using the capsules I use the higher strength 1000mg.
The capsules are easy to get from supermarkets, chemists and herbal shops. They do tend to be rather large though and I have difficulty swallowing these so I have to pierce the capsule and squeeze the oil into a small amount of water. By adding it to water it improves the taste.
The oil can be brought from health shops and a small teaspoon is about 1000mg.
The price varies depending on the brand and where you buy it.
For a supermarkets own brand it costs between £2,49-£4.99 for 30 capsules of the 1000mg. The oil is much more expensive.
If you ask at a health food shop they will be able to advise you and give you more information on EPO. This is always useful.
This is a wonderful natural oil. Evening primrose oil works not only from the outside but also from the inside. Taken as a supplement it is great for relieving the symptoms of pms although you may have to take it for 3 or 4 months before you begin to see the full benefits.I'm not sure how it works but it makes a real difference to swollen, sore pre menstrual breats and eases the stomach cramps. The other use I have for evening primrose oil is on my skin. Simply take one of the capsules and pierce it with a pin, then rub the oil onto your skin. Its great as a soothing balm for skin aggravated by psoriasis or ecxema but also makes a great evening moisturiser for your face when used after cleansing.
Evening Primrose The Evening Primrose plant bears delicate paper thin, yellow flowers which open in the afternoon. It is native to North America and came to Europe via Italy. It grows in sandy soil and enjoys full sun - it can be found growing in sand dunes, along the roadside, on railway banks and in waste places. Native Americans were the first to recognise the potential of evening primrose oil as a healer, and they boiled the seeds to make a liquid for healing wounds. Evening Primrose oil is a rich source of gamma-linoleic acid, which is better known as GLA. The body makes its own gamma-linoleic acid from essential fatty aids (EFAs). Essential fatty acids have numerous functions in the body, one of which is to manufacture hormone-like substances called “prostaglandins,” which have very important effects on the body, such as toning blood vessels, balancing water levels, and improving the action of the digestive system, and brain functioning. Prostaglandins also have a beneficial effect on the immune system. Evening primrose is available in both capsule and liquid form, often the liquid product is flavoured for ease of use, and can be used both internally and externally – it can be applied directly to the skin and is especially beneficial to those suffering with eczema or psoriasis as it reduces the scaling and redness, prevents itching and encourages the skin to heal. It also discourages dry skin and ensures that the cellular membranes that make up the skin are stable and strong. There is even evidence that Evening Primrose oil retards the ageing process! Another, probably lesser-known use of Evening Primrose oil is that of helping to prevent MS and is apparently particularly useful for treatment of children suffering with these conditions. Evening Primrose oil can also benefit people with cirrhosis of the liver caused by consuming too much alcohol. Probably the best known use of the product is in
the treatment of hormonal imbalances, which can cause conditions such as PMS together with symptoms of the menopause which may be eased by a course of Evening Primrose – it can help to reduce menopausal symptoms such as bloating, water retention, irritability and depression. If you suffer from PMS, it is suggested that you take 500mg of Evening Primrose oil every day for two months, and then after that, for ten days preceding menstruation. If you need help for menopausal symptoms, it is suggested that you take 2,000 to 4,000mg daily for four weeks and then 500 to 1,000mg daily thereafter. As mentioned above, Evening Primrose oil can be of help to asthmatics – it is suggested that suffers take two 500mg tables three times a day for three to four months, then one tablet three times daily. However, if you are taking steroids, this treatment will not work because the drugs are known to interfere with the action of Evening Primrose oil. Lastly, my most favourite property is that Evening Primrose oil is known to have a stimulating effect on the body, encouraging it to convert fat into energy, thus making it a dieter’s friend! If you suffer with any of the symptoms I have mentioned above, then I highly recommend that you buy a bottle of the capsules – I usually buy mine direct from ThinkNatural.com where you can have a choice of several different makes, for instance 700mg/90 capsules of Efamol Pure Evening Primrose Oil costs £8.99 however, cheaper makes are available – look out for them at your supermarket. Please note, Evening Primrose oil must not be used by suffers of temporal-lobe epilepsy or by those suffering with manic depression.
Evening Primrose Oil is a complementary medicine which is beneficial to suffers of PMS, Asthma, MS and skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.