Evening Primrose Oil

Before the 17th century, Native Americans used the evening primrose plant as an herbal remedy to treat swelling and inflammation. It was later introduced into Europe, earning the title “king’s cure-all”, as it was a popular remedy for a wide range of conditions. In 1919, two scientists extracted the oil out of the evening primrose seeds and discovered that the omega-6 fatty acid GLA was responsible for the health benefits provided by the evening primrose plant. GLA has benefits skin health, cardiovascular health, joint health, women’s health and weight management.

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GLA:  When we consume GLA, it increases our body’s production of two hormone-like compounds called prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) and hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETrE). These compounds are responsible for lowering swelling and inflammation seen in a number of health conditions, improving skin health, heart health, women’s health and arthritic conditions. GLA consumption can also play a role in weight management.

  • Skin Health: GLA helps maintain a healthy glow by restoring moisture and smoothness to dry or damaged skin. It alleviates inflammation and itchiness seen in skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis. GLA also lowers skin moisture loss experienced as we age.
  • Cardiovascular Health : GLA improves cholesterol levels and lowers blood pressure induced by high stress situations. As well, it may lower swelling and plaque formation in the arterial walls.
  • Women’s Health: GLA improves pre-menstrual and menopausal symptoms such as mood health and breast sensitivity.
  • Joint Health: GLA lowers symptoms seen in arthritic conditions and osteoporosis due to its anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Weight Management:  GLA may help prevent weight regain.

The evening primrose plant can thrive in well-drained soils with good sunlight. The seeds are sown in late spring, 6 inches below the soil and takes 18 months to mature. The plant is watered weekly throughout the first summer and the brown seeds are collected at the end of 18 months from the evening primrose plant. The seeds are then crushed to extract yellow evening primrose oil.


Skin Health

  1. GLA’s impact on patients experiencing atopic dermatitis. Read more
  2. GLA’s role in improving smoothness of skin. Read more

Cardiovascular Health

  1. GLA’s impact on cholesterol. Read more
  2. GLA lowers blood pressure. Read more

Women’s Health

  1. Role of GLA in PMS. Read more

Joint Health

  1. GLA improves symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis.  Read more