Evening Primrose Oil is considered a carrier oil in the world of aromatherapy. It is a prized oil for its abundant food, health, cosmetic and medicinal benefits. In particular, Evening Primrose Oil is rich in GLA and offers a natural anti-inflammatory property making it a good oil for acne and pimples.
In a report by the Mayo Clinic, researchers gave evening primrose oil a “B” on a grading scale from A to F on the amount of evidence that supports claims it relieves itching, inflammation and flaking in patients with eczema. Its anti-inflammatory effect, evening primrose oil has been used to treat skin problems like eczema, acne and rosacea. [source: Mayo Clinic].
Because evening primrose oil goes rancid pretty quickly purchase only an amount you will use within 6 months to 1 year.
How to use Evening Primrose oil
You can apply Evening Primrose directly on your skin (remember to do the patch test first!) without dilution and when you do, you will notice that your skin will absorb the oil very quickly. However, if you have thin skin, one where it clogs quickly (get white heads) you may want to add a few drops of Evening Primrose oil to your best quality face creme and then apply this blend to your face. Same rule goes for direct application to your eyes. The skin around the eyes are even more delicate, so please test first.
Eye Wrinkle Treatment
- 2 tbsp / 1 oz / 30 ml pure essential jojoba oil
- 1 capsule pure essential evening primrose oil
- 10 drops pure essential carrot seed oil
Pour jojoba oil into a small dark glass bottle. Pierce capsule of primrose oil and squeeze into the bottle. Add drops of carrot seed essential oil. Shake well. Place two drops under each eye and tap to spread. Don’t get into eyes. It will keep for 6 months if stored in a dark, cool place.
Vitamin E Eye Serum Recipe
- 2 tablespoons Hazelnut oil
- 6 drops Borage seed oil
- 9 drops Evening primrose oil
- 6 drops Lavender essential oil
- 6 drops Carrot essential oil
- 2 capsule vitamin E
Mix these oils in a glass eye dropper jar. Shake well before each use. Take one drop and gently apply to eye area before bedtime
Evening Primrose Oil Acne Fighter
- 6 drops of Evening Primrose Oil
- 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil
This is a simple and effective recipe to help manage acne. Add to a dark amber bottle, shake to blend and store in a cool, dark place.
No-No Cellulite Body Scrub
- 1 teaspoon Evening Primrose Oil
- 1/2 cup brewed Coffee Ground
- 1 bag of Green Tea and Black tea
- 1 tablespoon of Glacial Exfoliant
Brew the Green Tea and Black Tea in 2 cups of water. Boil until water is half. Place all ingredients together with 1 tablespoon of the boiled tea water in a jar or bowl. Apply scrub in bath tum, scrub lightly, using long circular motion, starting from the feet working towards the heart. Shower to rinse of body scrub.
Reduce Wrinkles Serum Oil
- 2 drops of Neroli Essential Oil (do not use neat)
- 1 drop of Evening Primrose Oil
- 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil
Put in a dark amber bottle and shake to blend. Apply on face and neck using lightly. Makes a good evening facial serum.
Shopping for Evening Primrose Oil
I would do some homework to make sure you purchase 100% pure, cold processed Evening Primrose Oil. If you want to shop online, one of my trusted places is Mountain Rose Herbs (this is not an affilaite link!).
Remember, like all herbal remedies, evening primrose oil has not been approved by the FDA, which considers herbs dietary supplements rather than drugs. Because evening primrose oil may cause uterine contractions, it is not recommended for pregnant women. Always use organic oils and purchase from a reputable supplier of essential and carrier oils. Please read our Terms.