Evening primrose is a plant that’s native to Europe and North America. It has a long history of medical uses.



  • Native Americans used its leaves, roots, and seedpods in preparations for hemorrhoids, bruises, wounds, and skin problems.
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions
  • Breast pain during menstruation
  • Evening primrose oil has also been used as a complementary treatment for some cancers.
  • Evening Primrose Oil may be helpful in eczema or atopic dermatitis.


  • Some studies suggest that supplements that contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), including evening primrose oil, may be of some benefit to people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Other Names

Centhera biennis


Source: WebMD,  www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/evening-primrose-oil-uses-and-risks


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