Borage, (borago officinalis) is a wildflower commonly called the “starflower”. It is native to the Mediterranean area. The leaves are edible ,but the plant is commercially grown and cultivated for borage seed oil extracted from the seeds. The seed oil is extracted and used as a source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Borage Oil has been used for thousands of years and is written of in Roman history as it was used in medicinal teas and elixirs.
What is Borage Oil healing for?
Borage Oil is one of the best sources of GLA. GLA is an essential fatty acid that converts into prostaglandin 1 (PG1), a key molecule for maintaining healthy skin and other healthy balances within our bodies. Our bodies do create GLA naturaly, but the process can be slowed very easily from a poor diet or poor health in general. Borage Oil directly feeds our body the GLA necessary to carry out the reactions to create a healthy environment for healthy cellular activity. Several recent studies show borage oi,l taken orally, increases PG1 levels in the skin and suppresses chronic inflammation. Also, borage oil applied topically is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate deep into the skin to provide layers deep within with the necessary essential oils.
When choosing a Borage Oil product, make sure they show high levels of GLA, since this is one of the most important components of the plant that you will want. Borage oil has been known to