Many people with rash or premenstrual syndrome (PMS) report that evening primrose oil still known as evening primrose oil relieves their problem. However, be aware that there is no formal proof that its use could treat any health problem. If you want to try it, take the one that is available in capsule form four to five times a day. Also, you can opt for topical use in order to treat irritation and itching. Regardless of the form of use chosen, keep the product out of direct sunlight and store it in the refrigerator for up to six months or until the date recommended by the manufacturer.
Method 1 of 3: Take evening primrose oil by mouth
Step 1. Look for products certified by certain organizations
Read labels and look for the seal of certification of organizations such as the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.). Also, the vial should state the expiration date of the product and choose one that is dark in color.
You can find the tablets on the Internet, at the drugstore or in a store that sells vitamins and supplements
Step 2. Take up to 2000 mg per day
Generally, it is recommended to take a dose of 500 mg four to five times a day. However, the best option is to seek advice from the doctor first.
Step 3. Take it with a meal to avoid stomach pain
Although you can take it without food, taking it with a snack or with a meal will help prevent nausea and gas, which are actually potential side effects you might have. In addition, evening primrose oil contains omega 6, which are efficiently absorbed by the body when taken with healthy fats that can be found, for example, in avocado or in nuts.
Step 4. Store the tablets in the refrigerator
You should not expose them to direct sunlight. Therefore, keep it cool so that they do not spoil. It is also important not to take them after the expiry date shown on the bottle.
- Typically, evening primrose oil has a shelf life of 6 months or less. Throw it away as soon as you notice that it gives off a rancid odor.
- Always follow the storage instructions provided on the tablets.
Step 5. Use evening primrose oil to get rid of acne
This will allow you to ensure the health of your skin in general. Taking evening primrose oil daily reduces inflammation and helps keep skin hydrated. It also improves the firmness, elasticity of the skin as well as its general quality.
Step 6. Take it if you have diabetic neuropathy
Some people who suffer from this problem report that evening primrose oil helps relieve them of the pain, tingling, and numbness they experience. Research is still inconclusive, and there is still no strong evidence that using this oil in place of prescription drugs is beneficial in treating diabetic neuropathy.
Step 7. Take the tablets to relieve PMS
Evening primrose oil capsules are often used to treat symptoms of PMS, including headaches, swelling of the belly, and tender and swollen breasts. Although the product is proven to be effective, it is not more effective than herbal remedies, which are cheaper to treat this disorder, such as wheat germ and corn oil.
Step 8. Take it to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
Evening primrose oil helps relieve the pain associated with this medical problem and reduces dependence on nonsteroidal pain relievers. When you use it to treat arthritis, you may not notice any changes for six months.
Although it helps relieve pain, be aware that there is no evidence that it also prevents or delays joint damage associated with this disease. The best option is to simply see a rheumatologist
Step 9. Take it to improve the health of your heart
Since evening primrose oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can help lower blood cholesterol levels, it may also improve overall heart health. However, it would be a good idea to see a doctor to diagnose and treat any heart disease you are suffering from.
Method 2 of 3: Apply evening primrose oil to the skin
Step 1. Buy evening primrose oil as a water-in-oil emulsion
Take the one that contains 20% evening primrose oil. These topical emulsions are used to relieve irritation and itching caused by eczema and other skin problems. Look for a product that bears the seal of the European Pharmacopoeia or other similar body.
Choose an oil contained in a dark colored container. This will prevent light from coming into direct contact with the product
Step 2. Wash your hands before and after using it
You must have clean hands when applying the oil to your skin. Therefore, wash them with lukewarm water and soap. It is also necessary to rinse off any oil residue after you have finished applying it.
Step 3. Apply a thin layer of oil directly to the area to be treated
Do it twice a day. Massage the oil all over the skin. Since many eczema treatments cannot be used on sensitive areas of the skin like the face, it would be helpful to apply evening primrose oil to these areas.
Many people who have used it to treat rash report symptom relief. However, research is still inconclusive and there is no definitive evidence that topical application of this oil treats this problem
Step 4. Refrigerate evening primrose oil
Much like tablets, evening primrose oil for topical use should be refrigerated and kept out of direct sunlight to make it more effective. Store it for up to six months, do not use it after the expiration date, and throw it away if it has an unpleasant odor.
Method 3 of 3: Use Evening Primrose Oil Safely
Step 1. See a doctor
Do this before taking any herbs or supplements. It is essential to take this precaution if you plan to treat a serious health problem. Even if you know that taking herbs or supplements will make you feel better, you still need to see the doctor to treat the underlying disease.
For example, evening primrose oil can reduce pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis or diabetic neuropathy, but cannot treat joint destruction, nerve damage, or diabetes
Step 2. Ask questions about possible drug interactions
Tell the professional about any medications (prescribed or sold without a prescription) and herbs or supplements that you take regularly. This is because evening primrose oil can interact negatively with blood thinners, such as warfarin. Also, it may increase the risk of seizures if taken with medicines given to treat schizophrenia, epilepsy, and depression.
Step 3. Reduce the dose or stop taking it
Do this if you have side effects. As side effects, we can mention: stomach pain, headache and loose stools. Usually these symptoms are not severe and lowering the dosage can effectively prevent them.
Stop taking it if you develop an allergic reaction or severe symptoms such as a rash, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or swelling of the hands and feet
Step 4. Avoid taking it if you are pregnant
There is some evidence that the product could cause complications during childbirth and cause bruising in the unborn child. It is also important to consult the doctor before taking this oil if you are breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant.