Carrier Oil: Evening Primrose
- Botanical Name: Oenothera biennis
- Family: Onagraceae
- Extraction Method: Cold-pressing from the seeds
- Plant Part: Seeds
- Origin: Native to North America
Appearance and Aroma:
- Color: Pale yellow
- Consistency: Medium viscosity
- Aroma: Mild, slightly sweet, and herbaceous
Properties and Characteristics:
- Texture: Evening primrose oil has a medium-weight texture that absorbs well into the skin.
- Nutritional Profile: It is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid, and other essential fatty acids.
- Shelf Life: Evening primrose oil has a relatively short shelf life of about 6 to 12 months when stored properly in a cool, dark place.
Uses and Benefits:
- Skin Care: Evening primrose oil is known for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and skin-nourishing properties. It helps promote a healthy complexion, soothe dry and irritated skin, and improve skin elasticity. It can be used in facial oils, serums, and creams.
- Women's Health: Evening primrose oil is often used to support women's health, particularly during menstrual cycles and menopause. It may help alleviate symptoms such as breast tenderness, hormonal imbalances, and mood swings.
- General Wellness: Evening primrose oil is sometimes taken as a dietary supplement for its potential health benefits, including supporting joint health, cardiovascular health, and overall well-being.
- Evening primrose oil is generally safe for topical use. However, it's advisable to perform a patch test before applying it to larger areas of the skin.
- If you have epilepsy, a bleeding disorder, or are taking blood-thinning medications, consult a healthcare professional before using evening primrose oil.
Note: This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a healthcare professional or certified aromatherapist for personalized advice and guidance.