Kordel’s Evening Primrose Oil for PMS relief

Kordel's Evening Primrose Oil

I want to thank Zhenling for bringing the Kordel’s brand of evening primrose oil to my attention in my earlier post essential oils to help relieve PMS

I like EPO for menstrual cramps.  In my experience, the brand matters a lot. Only Kordel’s work for me.  No more cramps that cripple me for 24 hrs. Yay! ~ Zhenling

I’ve been very skeptical about taking evening primrose oil because it didn’t work for me, even after increasing my intake to 2000mg per day.  I wrote about this in my entry Evening Primrose Oil for PMS & Beauty last October.  However, because of Zhenling’s comment, I went out to get a bottle of Kordel’s Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg + E200iu from Unity Pharmacy. 

Relying on milk for PMS relieve
Before taking this supplement, I was relying mostly on milk to ease my PMS.  Although it has been helping me but I could only drink half a glass about three times a week, probably because  I’m Asian and it is said that most Asians lack the enzyme to digest milk once they become adults.  

PMS noticeably less severe
So  I stopped my milk intake when I started taking the Kordel’s Evening Primrose Oil because I wanted to ascertain that it is indeed working for me.  And it did!  The PMS didn’t ease completely but my backache was noticeably less severe and I wasn’t feeling particularly moody or emotional although my temper was still quite short.  In fact, I would say it had the same positive effects as drinking milk. 

100% pure and free of gluten
I am not familiar with health supplements in general and I never realized that brands matter.  I did notice however that Kordel’s Evening Primrose Oil is 100% pure and contains no added sugar, starch, yeast, gluten, salt, artificial coloring or preservative.  Besides promoting premenstrual relaxation, it is also said to aid eczema, acne, dry skin and other sensitivity problems.

Affordable and widely available
Kordel’s is available at the pharmacies.  I can’t remember the exact price but it is affordable – I paid about S$15+ for this bottle during a recent sale.  The brand offers pure Evening Primrose Oil but I figured out I can do with the extra vitamin E too.  Anyway, I’m going to continue on this supplement and with the help from my geranium essential oil, I hope I can chase the PMS blues away for good!

(Btw, I’m waiting for my Naturopatch to arrive and will review it once I’m ready.)


  1. stella says:

    i’ve had menstrual abdominal cramps for as long as i remember and honestly the only remedy i’ve found for it is… regular exercise, even once a week really helps. i notice that when i have regular exercise, my discomfort is very much reduced.

    also i tried EPO a couple of years ago and it broke me out… so i’m really wary

  2. Nat says:

    Thank you for this entry. Up till now I have relied on painkillers and a hot water bottle at least once a month for cramp. Zzzz.

    I’m so gonna buy this ?

  3. maude says:

    Hi, yes brands really matter. Actually even with EPO you would have to complement it with calcium and b complex. Calcium magnesium to help relax your muscle and b complex to help the pain. That’s how I got thru it but for my sister, just 1 bottle of lecithin relieved her problem.

  4. flym says:

    I’ve been taking Kordel’s for years but it’s not to alleviate PMS. It’s to ease the dermititis on my fingers. If I stop, the skin would start to peel and crack.

    Unfortunately, I do not observe any difference to my PMS, especially the cramps, when I’m on the EPO. The only thing that helped ease the cramps was childbirth. At least the pain is now bearable. Before I had kids, my cramps can only be managed with strong painkillers like Synflex and Ponstan. Even Panadol wouldn’t work.

  5. sesame says:

    Oh dear…it broke you out? That’s something to note. I tried EPO in the past to reduce the inflammation of my acne and it worked pretty well.

  6. sesame says:

    I hope it’ll work for you too.

  7. sesame says:

    Wow, never knew that too. I’m not very well read about supplements but I do take a multi-vit so I suppose that’ll help? I took milk in the past for the calcium but looks like it’s not a long term solution for me…

  8. zhenling says:

    glad this worked out for u!

  9. sesame says:

    It didn’t work for your PMS? But at least good it’s helping you in your skin problems. I kind of knew it’s good for the skin but didn’t realized the amazing effects.

    It’s also interesting to hear how your childbirth has helped eased your PMS. I’ve never heard of similar experiences. Personally, I think my PMS worsened over the years. The backaches and cramps are not so bad but it’s the emotional aspect. I’ve become very emotionally unstable during the period. Weird…

  10. sesame says:

    Hey, thanks a lot for highlighting this brand to me. It’s working well! ?

  11. Mon says:

    I’ve been considering to take EPO myself, but I often heard people commenting on the weight gain problem after consuming EPO. Any idea on this, sesame?

  12. sesame says:

    Never heard about this…I took two bottles of EPO end of last year till early this year but they didn’t contribute to weight gain. Maybe I wish they did…

    But I did a quick search on the topic and it seems the discussion is headed the other way – that EPO contributes to weight loss?

  13. ann says:

    Just wish to share that my aunt took EPO to help with her menopause. Dou hua was also a regular part of her diet. It was only later when she got breast cancer that we found out from the doc that for her case, these food contributed to tipping her hormones the wrong way.

    It is not to say that everyone will react in the same manner as research has shown that soy is known to be good for some with breast cancer. However, I think it’s still best to consume everything in moderation.

  14. sesame says:

    Hmm…quite scary to know this. I think Pei Fang mentioned to avoid soy if one is taking zinc. Wonder what’s the link between EPO and soy or is this standalone. But thanks for sharing!

  15. Kelly says:

    Doctors always say I will not have menses cramp after childbirth. That’s not true. I am still struggling with it, I have backaches, headache, cramps & sometimes even so bad that I vomit and have loose bowels. I hate to consume painkillers and I hate to see doctor for such reason. I always end up taking last minute urgent leave.

    I used to take another brands of EPO but it doesn’t work. Maybe I should start it again and visit TCM regularly.

  16. sesame says:

    That sounds quite bad…it’ll be a good idea to check out TCM.

    It’s unfortunate our body changes with childbirth. I think my skin has changed and became more sensitive after that.

  17. pf1123 says:

    Hey Sesame, glad that you found a solution to your PMS! ?

  18. sesame says:

    Yes, quite happy! Looking forward to enhancing with the naturopatch.

  19. fwy says:

    I had tried EPO from Kordel years ago but it does nothing for my menstrual cramps. Last year, I decide to try TCM (Eu Yan Sang) instead. After a few doses of those medicine powder I no longer experience cramps for the past year.

  20. sesame says:

    That’s interesting to know. I believe in TCM approach too. When I was a lot younger, my mom used to force me to take some Chinese medicine for PMS…it helped but it tasted awful.

  21. Carla says:

    I used to suffer from PMS, especially mood swings and bloating. Tried everything and nothing worked. Then I found out about DIM (Di indolyl methane). No more bloated stomach or nasty mood when I get my period!
    I buy mine at youngagain.com
    The Source Naturals brand is also OK, though not as good.
    My best friend has less acne since taking it. DIM is also an anti-cancer agent, which to me is a nice bonus.


  22. LOH YOON FOONG says:

    this product vegatarian or not

  23. Ros says:

    EPO have a halal product

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