Much of the ethnobotanical reports about Evening Primrose have to do with it’s purported prowess as a wound healer. Having used it extensively in the last few months, I’m here to tell you that the reports are true! I’ve used tincture (flower, bud, seedpods, leaf and root) on infected wounds, venomous insect bites and stings and even a few rashes with wonderful results. The redness clears, everything heals up without a fuss and VERY rapidly. It’s really quite impressive, and is now up there with Cottonwood, White Sage, Rose, Yarrow and Plantain as my favorite first aid plants for infection, venom, irritation and slow healing.
Next step is to infuse into an oil for salves….
As a side note, these healing properties also seem to work very well internally for GI problems as well, as one would expect of an herb with such an affinity for the digestive system. A lovely plant.