Evening primrose oil which is made from the seeds of the evening primrose is commonly recommended for the treatment of various diseases and conditions including skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, etc, as well as promoting general health and well-being. If you are curious about this natural remedy, here is some information and tips on how effective using evening primrose oil for psoriasis natural treatment can be especially as part of an all-encompassing natural treatment regimen for this chronic skin condition.
The many health benefits of evening primrose oil (oenothera biennis)
Evening primrose belongs to the family that also includes fuchsia and this herb is also known as evening star in some circles.
This alternative name is because the flower of the evening primrose opens for one night only like magic but by morning the flower would have withered and died. Thank goodness the flower is not necessary for natural healing right?
The oil which is made from the evening primrose seeds is what is used and has been used to naturally treat various diseases and conditions besides psoriasis including;
- Heart disease and stroke due to this oil’s ability to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels while discouraging the formation of blood clots.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is often treated with evening primrose oil (EPO) because it can help alleviate the joint pain, swelling and tenderness commonly associated with this condition.
- Eczema and other chronic skin conditions can be treated by EPO.
- Research showed that the size of breast cancer tumors can be significantly reduced using EPO injections administered underneath the skin.
- EPO can also help reduce or eliminate PMS symptoms such as mood swings, breast tenderness, fluid retention, etc, when taken about two weeks before the start of the menstrual cycle.
- EPO can also help with other breast pain not commonly associated with PMS.
- Multiple sclerosis may be naturally treated with EPO.
- The various symptoms of menopause can be reduced by EPO.
- ADHD can be alleviated with EPO.
- EPO is commonly recommended for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
- It can be a natural treatment for asthma.
- Diabetic neuropathy can be helped by EPO.
- And so on and so forth.
The connection between evening primrose oil and psoriasis as well as for the natural treatment of many of the diseases and conditions previously mentioned is because this oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids (EFAs). The two types of EFAs found in EPO are linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA).
These EFAs are very important for promoting general health and well-being as well as preventing various diseases and conditions such as those previously mentioned.
EFAs are especially important for psoriasis sufferers because they help to reduce the level of inflammation in the body which can be at the root of many psoriasis flare-ups. EFAs also help to promote the healthy growth of skin, hair as well as nails.
Tips for using evening primrose oil for psoriasis treatment
While there are many ways of using evening primrose oil for psoriasis, the most effective way is when EPO is administered by injection or by taking enteric-coated tablets. These methods allow the EPO to bypass the intestinal tract and go straight to the bloodstream which helps transport EPO to various areas of the body to start the healing process from the inside.
It is generally recommended to take between 1,000 to 3,000 mg of EPO daily and you may want to make sure that you also take other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, etc, which will help the EPO be even more powerful.
But it can also be found in capsules, bottled oil, as well as being one of the ingredients in various lotions and creams.
While internal use of EPO is the most effective, you can definitely apply EPO externally to help alleviate dryness, itchiness, as well as the scaliness which commonly results from psoriasis lesions. The soothing abilities of EPO come from the abundance of gamma linoleic acids and linoleic acid and these fatty acids have the ability to help hydrate and replenish the skin.
Taking high doses of EPO (in excess of 7,000 mg per day) over several months can actually contribute to elevated inflammation levels in the body which can increase the risk of developing various diseases and conditions including psoriasis.
Using evening primrose oil for psoriasis as well as for promoting general health and well-being may be just what you need to overcome your various health issues including psoriasis. It is also important to remember that not every remedy will work for everyone but that shouldn’t stop you from trying it out to see whether it works for you. But as mentioned earlier it works best as part of an intensive natural healing regimen.
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