Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) Native

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Parts used: leaves, stem bark, flowers, seed oil

Medicinal uses: The flowers, leaves, and stem bark have astringent and sedative properties. All can be used to treat whooping cough. It can also be taken for digestive problems and asthma, and used as a poultice to ease the discomfort of rheumatic disorders. The oil, when applied externally can be used for eczema, other itchy skin conditions, and breast tenderness. Taken internally the oil lowers blood pressure and prevents the clot of platelets. The oil is commonly taken for premenstrual problems including tension and abdominal bloating.

Cautions: Do not take the oil if suffering from epilepsy (Chevallier 240).

Evening primrose Oenothera biennis

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