Evening primrose oil
A natural source of essential fatty acids (EFOs). Evening primrose oil contains a higher level of arachnoidic acid than some other EFO sources, so people with seizure disorders may wish to avoid its use.

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oil produced by cold extraction from the ripe seeds of Oenothera biennis, the evening primrose; used internally in the treatment of mastalgia, premenstrual syndrome, and atopic eczema.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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