Saturday, December 24, 2011

Evening Primrose - The Blackfoot Miracle Herb

Ok - so maybe it's not a miracle herb but it's pretty cool.  According to the Smithsonian Handbook of Herbs by Lesley Bremness, it was a food of the Blackfoot tribe.  She goes on to note that when it's boiled in honey it makes a great, soothing cough syrup.  The oil contains gammalinoleic acid which helps relieve symptoms of PMS, lowers blood pressure, and "restores red blood cell mobility in multiple sclerosis".  Dang!

Now, as I referenced my faithful companion herb book, Herbs for Health and Healing by Kathi Keville, I was sorely disappointed to find out that there were no recipes for any tinctures or concoctions using this wonderful health source.  The good news is that since there's no recipes this stuff can potentially be used straight.

Ms. Keville also says that this same gamma linoleic acid helps relieve prostate inflamation, and "can reduce skin inflammation even better than cortisone".

But my all time favorite reason for this herb's oil is the claim that it can potentially help prevent hangovers. Man, I love nature!

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