Published: 07/24/2018 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
The Primrose Oil come from a wild plant, native to the United States, that was taken to Europe by the Europeans in the 17th century. Native Americans at that time already used it in infusions to treat asthmatic conditions or to heal wounds.
Today, it is used primarily as an oil. This is obtained from its seeds – red seeds within the flower – and is cold pressed. Just like black currant oil or borage oil, primrose oil contains gamma-Linolenic acid, a fatty acid that that the body converts to a substance similar to a hormone known as prostaglandin E1 (PGE1).
Its therapeutic abilities are due to its omega-6 content, important for cellular life. It contains a significant amount of gamma-Linolenic acid, which other vegetable oils do not since they only contain linoleic acid. This oil also contains other fatty acids necessary for the body.
- Produces a vasodialtor effect, which is recommendable for cardiac problems.
- Recommended for hypertension as a blood thinner.
- Reduces the risk of thrombosis.
- Helps reduce cholesterol levels, which makes it a partner it the fight against arteriosclerosis, being over weight, prostate problems and to better the immune system.
- This oil helps hinder the progression of degenerative diseases such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and even multiple sclerosis, since it stops inflammatory processes.
- It is very effective again premenstrual symptoms.
- It is a great help when treating hyperactive children.
- It is extremely useful for skin conditions, although you should never exceed a dose of more than .5 grams per kilo of body weight a day.
- Very useful as an external treatment for dandruff, acne, and as a skin moisturizer.
Where to find it
You can find primrose oil in pharmacies or natural food stores in capsules. Its prescription and dosage should be prescribed by an authorized professional.
WARNING: Please advise that primrose oil should be taken with other nutrients so as to synthesize the PGE1. This is why experts recommend eating foods rich in magnesium, vitamin C, niacin, zinc, vitamin B6, etc., when taking primrose oil.
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