Evening Primrose Oil

Before the 17th century, Native Americans used the evening primrose plant as an herbal remedy to treat swelling and inflammation. It was later introduced into Europe, earning the title “king’s cure-all”, as it was a popular remedy for a wide range of conditions. In 1919, two scientists extracted the oil out of the evening primrose seeds and discovered that the omega-6 fatty acid GLA was responsible for the health benefits provided by the evening primrose plant.

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The evening primrose plant can thrive in well-drained soils with good sunlight. The seeds are sown in late spring, 6 inches below the soil and takes 18 months to mature. The plant is watered weekly throughout the first summer and the brown seeds are collected at the end of 18 months from the evening primrose plant. The seeds are then crushed to extract yellow evening primrose oil.