Thursday, February 24, 2011

Evening Primrose and the Evil PMS

I hope you haven't had the evil PMS that I've had in my life, but if you're anything like the hundreds of customers who use my Wild Yam PMS Jam, or the clients who call me for herbal healing guidance, you've experienced the emotional mood swings (less like a pendulum and more like a demolition battering ball), the bloating (less like a helium balloon in the belly and more like the Hindenburg), the food cravings (I keep Green & Blacks Chocolate Company in business), sore breasts, water gain, depression, blah blah blah.

We've all been there to one degree or another, and PMS and the menstrual cycle has been experienced for centuries, though under different names. The Flow, On The Rag, the Dot, Aunt Red, and especially...The Curse. Need I say more?

So...How to treat these nasty, cyclical symptoms? Conventional medicine would have us believe we must live on Ibuprofen and The Pill in order to reduce or relieve these symptoms. Thankfully, that's not the case. Herbal medicine is powerful stuff--equal to or stronger than any curse we have to deal with. Black cohosh, vitex berry, wild yam, lemon balm, motherwort...all these are wonderful herbs. But have you tried Evening Primrose?

This lovely flower--the seed, actually--boasts a high content of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), that wonderful, soothing fatty acid that saves our exhausted bodies from having to make more work for ourselves. We normally convert GLA from linoleic acid, a metabolic process necessary when we eat food such as sunflower seeds. But this breakdown-metabolism is not without consequences; specifically, it creates waste in the body, much like an automobile breaking down gasoline creates exhaust. And what does the body do with this waste? The liver tries its hardest to excrete it, but often a great deal of it must come out of our other excretory channels--and most often this includes the skin and lungs. Eczema, psoriasis, acne, asthma... These can all result from this and other metabolic processes in the body.

So Evening Primrose gives our bodies the pure, unadulterated fatty acid it needs, without any conversion necessary. And this helps our livers, which in turn helps--you guessed it--our hormonal balance. Because the liver processes so much metabolic waste (including spent hormones), its health is directly related to our hormonal health. By inference (and of course, experience), taking extracts of the seed of Evening Primrose can help reduce the severity of PMS symptoms.

Talk it over with your local, trusted herbalist. It is, once again, an opportunity for good health.


1 comment:

  1. Yay! Got it...and thankfully, the evil PMS and I are no longer it's onto a whole new (hopefully less evil, although plenty hot) phase. Great job! xoxo