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How Do I Use Evening Primrose Oil for Menopause?

Evening Primrose Oil, rich in essential fatty acids, may alleviate menopause symptoms by balancing hormones and reducing hot flashes. For optimal results, integrate it into your daily routine, taking capsules as directed or applying the oil topically. Remember, consistency is key. How might this natural remedy transform your menopausal journey? Explore its potential benefits further and take control of your well-being.
Megan Shoop
Megan Shoop

Evening primrose is a dark green, weedy plant that features yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. Before modern medicine, evening primrose was the treatment of choice for hormone imbalances in women, particularly those associated with menopause. Although little scientific evidence has been found to support using evening primrose oil for menopause, it is still recommended by herbalists to alleviate hot flashes and moodiness. Women should take evening primrose oil for menopause several times a day, adjusting the dosage as directed by a doctor. It may be taken in a capsule supplement, by the spoonful, or mixed into tea.

Evidence that supports using evening primrose oil points to the high amounts of gamma-linoleic acid contained in this herb. Some menopausal women can’t convert the linoleic acid they consume into gamma-linoleic acid, which may contribute to menopause symptoms. Consuming gamma-linoleic acid via evening primrose supplements may help balance hormones, increase energy, and help keep the mood on an even level.

In the Western world, women usually experience menopause between 45 and 55.
In the Western world, women usually experience menopause between 45 and 55.

Women using evening primrose oil for menopause should typically take two or three supplemental capsules per day. These usually contain a pre-measured amount of evening primrose oil and are very concentrated. Those who don’t see results right away should try to have patience because herbal remedies often take longer to show results than concentrated chemical medicines. If there seem to be no changes after about two weeks, patients should not raise their dosage; they should see a doctor instead.

Evening primrose oil capsules.
Evening primrose oil capsules.

Many women prefer taking evening primrose oil for menopause in the form of tea. This usually involves adding a spoonful of herbal oil to a mug of hot water. The tea should steep for up to eight minutes and may be sweetened with sugar, honey, sucralose, or agave nectar. Patients should typically drink no more than two cups of evening primrose tea a day. Though the tea is less concentrated than the capsules, the dosage is larger and should be carefully monitored.

Primrose oil is recommended by herbalists to alleviate hot flashes.
Primrose oil is recommended by herbalists to alleviate hot flashes.

This herbal oil may also be taken by the spoonful. Those that dislike swallowing pills may prefer to take a small spoonful or two of evening primrose oil each day. It often has a slightly astringent, floral taste that some find pleasant. Women taking the oil should measure it carefully in a medicine cup or in a measuring spoon to make sure they’re always getting the right dosage.

Menopausal women should consult their physician before using evening primrose oil or any other herbal supplements.
Menopausal women should consult their physician before using evening primrose oil or any other herbal supplements.

Anyone thinking of using evening primrose oil for menopause should talk to a doctor first. This herb may interact with anticoagulants, blood pressure medications, certain antidepressants, schizophrenia drugs, and medications for seizures. Women should give their doctors or herbalists lists of all the medicines they’re taking before trying to take evening primrose.

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ddljohn

I'm also using evening primrose oil for menopause. I use the 1000mg capsules and follow the dose recommendation on the bottle.

Along with vitamin E supplements, evening primrose oil is helping with my menopause symptoms. My main issues are difficulty sleeping, breast tenderness and hot flashes. Not only is the evening primrose oil helping with these symptoms but my skin is looking better as well.

I should warn however that it takes a while to start seeing results. It took about six weeks for me to start experiencing benefits. I recommend waiting for at least six weeks before giving up on this supplement. Of course, if there are side effects, that's different.

donasmrs

@SarahGen-- I'm not sure, I take the primrose oil softgels. I think it would be better to take the oil because even the tea recipe calls for the oil. You might not get the benefits from the dry petals.

I take a 500mg softgel twice a day. I have not noticed a difference with my hot flashes but it has helped with migraines and irritability. I've started experiencing migraines since entering menopause due to the hormonal changes. Primrose oil seems to have reduced their frequency. I also feel less moody.

SarahGen

Can the dried petals of evening primrose flowers be used for tea? Or is it necessary to take the oil for relief from menopause symptoms?

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    • In the Western world, women usually experience menopause between 45 and 55.
      By: Yuri Arcurs
      In the Western world, women usually experience menopause between 45 and 55.
    • Evening primrose oil capsules.
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      Evening primrose oil capsules.
    • Primrose oil is recommended by herbalists to alleviate hot flashes.
      By: Ana Blazic Pavlovic
      Primrose oil is recommended by herbalists to alleviate hot flashes.
    • Menopausal women should consult their physician before using evening primrose oil or any other herbal supplements.
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      Menopausal women should consult their physician before using evening primrose oil or any other herbal supplements.
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      Women using primrose oil for menopause should take two to three supplemental capsules per day.