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Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis



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Medicinal Garden information:

For treatment of atopic dermatitis (a chronic red, raised itchy rash).

Primrose oil for atopic dermatitis; contains an omega-6 essential fatty acid, called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is believed to be EPO’s active ingredient.

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May benefit patients with osteoporosis by increasing spinal and femoral bone mineral density

Taking evening primrose oil orally seems to decrease bone turnover and increase spinal and femoral bone mineral density inpeople with osteoporosis.

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May decrease some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Orally, evening primrose oil is used for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), mastalgia, endometriosis, and symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes; Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) found in evening primrose seems to be responsible for its anti-inflammatory effects.

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