Soothing and moisture-retaining
We use evening primrose oil to soothe skin and also to prevent it from drying out, helping to create a lovely glow.
Its soothing properties are attributed to gamma-linoleic acid, or GLA, while organic evening primrose oil also contains linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), helps to retain the skin’s moisture content. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose plant (Oenothera biennis), a relative of willow herbs and not primroses. Evening Primrose is also known as night willow, fever plant, and king’s-cure-all. It's well-named: traditional medicine used infusions from the whole plant as a sedative and painkiller, while dietary supplements made from the oil are used to treat skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne; menopausal syndromes; anxiety; brittle nails; asthma; rheumatoid arthritis, and other conditions. After its lemon yellow flowers blossom for a day or two, the head is replaced by an oblong hairy pod that contains the seeds. These seeds are then cold-pressed to extract the oil, which is less damaging than using heat.