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Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening primrose


calming, metabolism-stimulating, effective on the skin

Areas of application:

Neurodermatitis, high cholesterol, as an adjunctive treatment for multiple sclerosis, adult-onset diabetes, PMS, breast tenderness, water retention, flatulence, acne, irritability, depression, moodiness, headaches, normalizes the menstrual cycle, promotes fertility, useful in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS ), symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and sleep disorders, skin diseases, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, regulates hormones, diarrhea, cramps, cold, cough, whooping cough, relieves the symptoms of asthma, hyperactive children, increases the body's immune defense, nerve pain the specifically caused by diabetes

Plant parts used:

Root, leaves, seeds

Collection time:

In the fall of the first year

To find:

Originally comes from America and was introduced to us. On railway embankments, railway lines, quarries and in gardens.


Protein, unsaturated fatty acids, linoleic acid, oleic acid


☕ Tea: Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried herb and roots, let it steep for 1/4 hour and strain. Drink several cups per day.

The daily dose is 2 to 4 grams.

The common evening primrose is a biennial plant. In the first year the leaves can grow up to 25 cm long. The leaves are lance-shaped, toothed and form a rosette. In the second year, the flower stalk has alternate, spirally arranged leaves on a hairy, rough flower stalk that is often purple in color. The leaves are reminiscent of willow leaves. This erect flower stalk sometimes branches near the tip and grows 90 to 180 cm tall. It blooms from June to October. The bright yellow flowers are partially or completely closed during the heat of the day and only open at dusk. The flowers have four petals and are 2.5 to 5 cm long. They grow in a multi-flowered terminal panicle. The fragrant flowers only appear for 1 to 2 days. The seed pods are long and narrow. The evening primrose is a deep-rooted plant whose taproots can reach depths of over 1 meter.

🛑 There are no contraindications, use is not recommended for epileptics.

Evening primrose

In the kitchen you can use the root as a vegetable, just don't be alarmed - it turns red when cooked. The leaves can also be eaten as a vegetable or made into a salad.

The seeds contain a high proportion of gamma-linoleic acid and is the most medicinally effective part of the evening primrose.

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