In the European and American folk medicines, evening primrose oil is highly valued for its therapeutic properties. The medicinal properties of evening primrose oil are primarily attributed to gamma linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid with anti-inflammatory property. These essential fatty acids are especially good for the scalp and hair. It moisturizes and nourishes the scalp and hair and reduces hair fall and promotes hair re-growth.
Evening primrose oil can be used topically and taken internally to treat hair loss. The anti-inflammatory effect of the plant oil helps in providing relief from inflammatory scalp conditions and inflammation of hair follicles that cause hair loss. Furthermore, evening primrose oil can inhibit conversion of testosterone to DHT in the hair follicles, which is a leading cause of permanent hair loss, especially in men.
To Treat Hair Loss, You Can Use Evening Primrose Oil In The Following Ways:
1. Scalp Massage With Evening Primrose Oil
The simplest way to treat hair loss with evening primrose oil is to apply the plant oil directly to the scalp. Take one to two tablespoons of evening primrose oil and gently massage your scalp for a few minutes with the oil. Leave the oil on your scalp at least for 2 hours to allow the oil to penetrate the hair follicles.
2. Evening Primrose Oil And Olive/Coconut Oil
Combining evening primrose oil with olive oil or coconut oil helps in speeding up hair growth. Both olive oil and coconut oil are excellent moisturizing agents. They nourish the hair follicles and stimulate hair re-growth. Moreover, the anti-fungal property of coconut oil and olive oil helps in treating dandruff and reduces yeast overgrowth on the scalp.
How To Use
Pierce two evening primrose oil capsules and add the oil to ½-cup of lukewarm olive or coconut oil. Massage your scalp with the oil mixture. Cover your head with a warm towel. The heat helps in opening the pores that eases absorption of the oil.
3. Evening Primrose Oil Supplement
In addition to external use, ingestion of evening primrose oil helps in reducing hair loss. Take 500 mg of evening primrose oil twice a day. Evening primrose oil works gradually. With regular use your hair will start re-growing after a few weeks.
Although the recommended dosage of evening primrose oil is considered safe, overuse can cause serious health problems such as nausea, stomach pain and headache. Do not take evening primrose oil capsules if you are on a blood-thinning medication. It is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women.