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A few weeks back, I was looking out of our kitchen window onto the back garden. It was after 8pm but not yet dark, and I noticed our Evening Primrose sporting a solitary flower. I went out to investigate. Having looked positively tatty and on its last legs during the day, this delicate of flowers now appeared vibrant and rejuvenated. It was at this point that the penny dropped. It was named EVENING primrose for a very good reason. I did a little reading on the internet and found out that this beautiful yellow flower does in fact bloom in the evening in the cooler hours, but then fades during the following day. There are plenty of buds on the plant, so there is usually at least one flower out to greet each new morning, although at that stage, it has only a short time left to grace us with its presence.

Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) has for many years now been used for its health benefits.  I thought I would just highlight a few of them here.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are so named because it is essential that we include them in our diet, as our body is not able to produce them itself (a bit of a design flaw in my humble opinion, but hey it keeps nutritionists busy!).

There are two “families” of EFAs, known as Omega 3 and Omega 6, each with their own benefits.  GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) which belongs to the Omega 6 family, provides many health benefits. EPO is one of the best sources of it.

Here are just a few areas which are helped by using EPO

• Promotes healthy skin. Used for e.g. eczema and acne, but also excellent for skin in general (my mother swore by this for decades and had incredible skin well into her late 80s!)

• Good for treating inflammation

• Arthritic conditions – helps to ease joint pain and swelling of Rheumatoid Arthritis

• Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) – can ease many of the symptoms of PMS, particularly useful if breast tenderness is an issue.

• Can also ease Menstrual cramping, and helps with fibrocystic breasts.

• Nails and Hair – helps to nourish the nails, scalp and hair. If you are prone to broken nails, it could be worth looking at EPO.

• Promotes the uptake of calcium, so useful for bones

As you can see from the above, it plays a useful part in women’s health

I take my EPO alongside an Omega 3 supplement (usually Linseed oil). As with so many nutrients, they act synergistically, and EPO and Omega 3 provide a powerful anti-inflammation combo.

Wishing you and your cells vibrant good health 😊😊

Judith, Herb and Ginger xx