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Entry for July 26, 2007-study on Evening Primrose
Entry for July 26, 2007-study on Evening Primrose magnify
I have been taking evening primrose for as long as I can remember. I think I started taking it in my 20s when I was having alot of female type problems. I thought I would do a study on, as it is also a beautiful plant.
Research from the net: this site you will find this wonderful information:
Every part of the Evening Primrose plant has its place in the kitchen, and making this plant a regular part of your diet can help with some common medical complaints, as well. See the Medicinal Section for more information.
The dried seedpod of Evening Primrose can be harvested in the fall and the seeds emptied onto a baking pan. Place in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes, and you have tasty and nutritious seeds to bake into breads or use sprinkled into salads and soups, much like sesame seeds or poppy seeds. Young seedpods can be steamed and added to corn, green beans, or other vegetables for a tasty and different-looking side dish.
The fresh flowers of Evening Primrose make a lovely edible garnish for side dishes and entrees, with a very mild lemon-pepper taste. The leaves make a nice addition to green salads, soups, stews, and added to other cooked greens such as turnips or spinach.
The roots of Evening Primrose can be dug and boiled to be eaten much like a potato. The taste is somewhat like a turnip or parsnip, with a hint of pepper. Choose tender first-year roots, as the older and bigger roots may prove too tough.

Without becoming too technical, the common Evening Primrose plant contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA, and this fatty acid is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the plant. In fact, Evening Primrose contains one of the highest concentrations known of this important substance and only a few other plants contain it at all. This makes Evening Primrose an important medicinal herb, and as studies continue, the list of benefits will likely become much longer.
If you are troubled by the symptoms associated with PMS, you may finally find some relief with Evening Primrose. Tests have shown that it reduces or eliminates many problems associated with PMS, including irritability, depression, bloating, and breast pain, and that taken regularly it may actually help regulate menstrual periods. It is recommended that women who have PMS take up to 3000 mg of Evening Primrose Oil all month for relief of symptoms. In Europe, Evening Primrose Oil is already established as an excellent remedy for PMS.
Other problems for which Evening Primrose Oil can be taken internally include asthma, allergies, cholesterol regulation, arteriosclerosis, chronic headaches, prostate health, inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and scleroderma, complications arising from diabetes and poor circulation, cirrhosis of the liver, and drunk as a tea as a metabolic way to fight obesity.
Externally, the leaves, stems, and roots can be boiled in water for a tea that is very nourishing for the skin and is effective for use in treatment of acne, dry skin, rashes, itchiness, and for overall skin health in general.
Extracting oils from Evening Primrose is really not practical for home gardeners, but oil preparations are readily available either via the links here or from your local health food store.
Eating the flowers, seeds, leaves, or roots of Evening Primrose provides the same health benefits as taking commercial oil preparations, and as such, if you have Evening Primrose in the garden, you should definitely come up with creative ways to serve it at mealtime!
In general, Evening Primrose is quite safe to take with few reports of any side-effects, though people with a history of epilepsy should use caution. more infor. here

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from here-some cooking info.-

The leaves are cooked and eaten as greens and the roots are said to be sweet succulent and delicious when boiled like potatoes. Flowers are a sweet addition to salads or as a garnish and young seedpods are Steamed. This plant was a staple food for many Native American tribes. Formerly cultivated for its nutritious edible roots, it is being increasingly cultivated for the oil contained in its seeds which contains certain the essential gamma-linoleinc acid (GLA), a very valuable fatty acid that is not found in many plants and has numerous vital functions in the body. GLA is an essential fatty acid that the body does not manufacture. This fatty acid is known to help prevent hardening of the arteries, heart disease, eczema, cirrhosis, rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, PMS, multiple sclerosis, and high blood pressure. It has a positive effect on sex hormone response including the hormones estrogen and testosterone, aids in lowering cholesterol levels, and is important in treating cirrhosis of the liver. Research also demonstrates that primrose oil helps relieve pain and inflammation. The oil also has a positive effect on the uterine muscles, nervous system and metabolism. The bark and the leaves are astringent and sedative. They have proved of use in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders, whooping cough and asthma. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of obesity. A finely ground powder made from the flowering stems is used cosmetically in face-masks to counteract reddened skins.
Roasted seeds: Rotate and press dry seed capsules to release seed, roast in oven for 15 to 20 min. at 350 deg. Use on bread or in salad, sprinkle over any dish like pepper.
Article by Deb Jackson & Karen Bergeron
I hope you found this article informative, I didn't run across any recipes with this used as an ingredient.


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