Oil of Primrose Uses
INFUSION – The flowers of the evening primrose can be made into an herbal infusion for the treatment of headaches, to quell chills during fevers, to treat head colds and accumulated mucus - dosage of the herbal infusion is usually done by taking the infusion in small sips.
TINCTURE – The flowers of the evening primrose are also used in the preparation of a floral herbal tincture, which is taken at dosages of 5 - 10 drops each, and used in the treatment of insomnia, in treating anxiety and sleeplessness, and in treating over excitement and nervousness.
COMPRESS – A topical compress can be prepared by using the heated infusion, a pad can be soaked in hot herbal infusion and this can be applied directly on to the facial or trigeminal nerves in treatment of neuralgia and other topical disorders.
OINTMENT – The flowers of the evening primrose can be used in the preparation of a topical herbal ointment which can be used in the treatment of sunburn and different skin disorders affecting patients.
ESSENTIAL OIL – The flowers of the evening primrose can also be pressed for the extraction of the essential herbal oil and this can be used in the treatment of sleeplessness and insomnia, doses can be 5 - 10 drops of the oil added to the bath water, this water can be used at night to bathe oneself as a therapeutic long term topical treatment for sleeplessness.
MASSAGE OIL – The flowers of the evening primrose can also be prepared into massage oil for topical treatments, this oil can be made by diluting about 5 - 10 drops of the pressed essential herbal oil in 25 ml of either almond or sunflower oil – mix the two oils well. The massage oil can be applied directly on affected areas of the body for the treatment of nerve pains, the oil can also be rubbed into the temples for ease from migraine and headaches.
DECOCTION – The evening primrose root can be used in the preparation of an herbal decoction which is used in the treatment of accumulated phlegm during stubborn coughs and congestion problems in the chest area, this herbal decoction is especially useful in the treatment of chronic bronchitis in patients. The decoction is also believed to be capable of inducing relief from the symptoms of arthritis and long term rheumatism - and it is used by such patients as a pain relief agent.
TINCTURE – The roots of the evening primrose can also be prepared into a unique root herbal tincture, this particular remedy is used for the treatment of similar ailments as treated using the herbal decoction - doses are also similar.
COMPRESS – The root decoction of the evening primrose are soaked up in a pad, this pad is used as a compress for direct application along painful arthritic joints, and this is a very effective treatment for such disorders in patients.
3/4 cup (20 g) evening primrose flowers
1 cup (250 ml) organic olive oil
40 drops lavender essential oil
Dry the flower petals for 1 week and gently shred. Add the olive oil and the essential oil. Macerate for 1 month, away from light; shake occasionally. Strain.
This oil promotes scarring and hydrates. It should be used in small quantities on the face (and occasionally on the body) to treat sores, wrinkles and dry skin.