Borage seed oil is used for a variety of skin disorders. It has a history of medicinal and culinary use that dates back over 1,500 years. It’s cultivated and widely used in Europe for its healing properties and as a nice addition to salads, soups, and sauces, or eaten by itself as a healthy side dish. Even borage flowers are edible and are often candied as a cake decoration or made into sweet syrup. Borage oil is one of the herbal oils recommend for helping alleviate pain and other symptoms of inflammation. Borage seed oil contains a fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA seems to have anti-inflammatory effects. Borage flowers might have an antioxidant effect. Here are some of the benefits of Borage Oil
· Skin Conditions: This herbal oil can help treat acne, eczema, or psoriasis. Animal studies found that skin disorders caused by fatty acid imbalances may be treated with borage oil. A 2009 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition also found that women who had skin conditions that caused irritation and reddening experienced relief after taking flaxseed or borage oil.16
· It aids in relieving discomfort among women such as breast tenderness, premenstrual stress, endometriosis, PMS symptoms, and menopausal symptoms. It also helps ease related cramping and pain.
· Moisturizer – It’s an effective natural anti-aging oil that repairs and hydrates your skin.· The essential fatty acids in this herbal oil are useful for healthy metabolic functions and can help support optimum brain function and maintain bone, skin & hair. It also contains natural anti-inflammatory· Borage oil can be used in aromatherapy. It can be inhaled or vaporized but can also be used as a carrier oil for more powerful and ultra-concentrated essential oils. It blends well with other thin and easily absorbed oils like jojoba, rosehip, thistle, and sweet almond oils.
· Borage oil is said to have an uplifting and euphoric effect and may help ease mood swings