Oenotherae biennis oleum


This is a summary of the scientific conclusions reached by the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) on the medicinal uses of evening primrose oil. The HMPC conclusions are taken into account by EU Member States when evaluating applications for the licensing of herbal medicines containing evening primrose oil.

This summary is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use medicines containing evening primrose oil. For practical information about using evening primrose oil medicines, patients should read the package leaflet that comes with the medicine or contact their doctor or pharmacist.

Key facts

Latin name Oenotherae biennis oleum
English common name Evening Primrose Oil
Botanical name Oenothera biennis L.; Oenothera lamarckiana L.
Therapeutic area
Skin disorders and minor wounds
F: Assessment finalised
Date added to the inventory
Date added to priority list
Outcome of European assessment
European Union herbal monograph


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