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What is evening primrose oil and what are its effects and benefits

In recent years, palm oil has become increasingly popular not only in the world of health food, but also in cosmetics. This oil is especially valued for its health benefits, which are supported by significant amounts of bioactive compounds such as gamma-linolenic acid.

What is evening primrose oil?

Bean oil is extracted from the seeds of the biennial evening primrose, a plant native to North America that is now cultivated in other parts of the world. The oil is extracted either by cold pressing or chemical extraction, with cold pressing preserving more of the nutrients.

Biennial bean called "night candle"

The biennial bean, also known by its scientific name Oenothera biennis, is a plant native to North America that has gained popularity worldwide for its medicinal properties. This herb, which can grow up to 1.5 metres tall, is easily recognised by its yellow flowers, which open in the evening and close in the morning. Because of this unusual flowering time, it is also sometimes called 'night candle'. It is especially valued for its seeds, which are pressed to extract an oil rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid with significant anti-inflammatory and hormone-regulating effects.

In addition to its medicinal uses, biennial evening primrose is also admired for its beauty in gardens and parks, where it is often grown as an ornamental plant.

What are the effects of evening primrose oil?

One of the main reasons why evening primrose oil is so valued is its anti-inflammatory properties. The GLA acid, which is abundant in the oil, helps modulate inflammatory processes in the body and has positive effects on skin health, hormonal balance and heart health.

Skin CareBean oil is excellent for hydrating dry and damaged skin. Its application can help in treating eczema, psoriasis and even acne. Due to its moisturizing properties, it is often added to creams and lotions.

Hormonal HealthWomen suffering from symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or menopause can also benefit from evening primrose oil. GLA helps regulate hormonal imbalances and can relieve pain, moodiness and other symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle and menopause.

Heart HealthStudies suggest that GLA and other substances in evening primrose oil may lower levels of harmful cholesterol, helping to prevent heart disease.

Use of evening primrose oil in cosmetics

The oil is often used in the form of serums, creams or balms for dry and damaged skin, where it effectively relieves irritation, redness and itching. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it popular in products designed for problematic skin with acne. Added to shampoos and conditioners, evening primrose oil helps strengthen hair follicles, which can help lead to shinier, healthier hair.

Although evening primrose oil is mostly safe, people with epilepsy or those taking blood-thinning medications should consult a doctor about its use because of possible interactions.

Bupal has many positive effects, and in particular, evening primrose oil offers a number of health benefits that can contribute significantly to better health. Its versatile use in cosmetics and natural treatments makes evening primrose oil a valuable tool for anyone looking for natural alternatives. You can also find evening primrose oil in some of the products on our e-shop, a great example being cleansing facial oils.