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 and depression