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Borage oil is a natural substance that provides very high levels of fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is a strong anti-inflammatory found in certain plant oils. Borage oil is a common herbal treatment found in traditional medicine practices for hundreds of years with a variety of uses, including treating skin flareups and lowering pain. You will find that borage oil is most beneficial when applied topically to the skin or taken internally in a capsule form.
How Does Borage Oil Work?
Borage oil is derived from a wildflower called a starflower. The herb is native to the middle east and the Mediterranean. While the flower and leaves of the plant may be eaten, the seeds are really where the health benefits come from.
Because it has such high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, borage oil containing GLA can be helpful for treating long time and short term illness including: Skin specifically….
- PMS symptoms – specifically skin breakouts
- Skin disorders – eczema and dermatitis
- Reduces skin aging and roughness
- Reduces skin inflammation
- Balancing water levels on the skin
- Helps repair the layers of cells deep within the skin
- Moisturizes the skin
- Stimulates skin growth
To use borage oil on your skin, simply squeeze the oil out of the gel capsule and gently rub it on your skin. Professionals note that not a lot is needed. You can even use it around the eyes and on your eyebrows to condition the hairs. It is also said that the benefits of borage oil can work in a few days.
We must note that there can be side effects to taking borage oil, including nausea and upset stomach. Women who are pregnant & those who take blood thinners should consult their doctor prior to taking.
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Other oils with high GLA include: evening primrose oil, GLA supplements themselves & black currant seed oil. If you’re looking to get these oils in your food, consider a diet that contains a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids – like eggs, milk, soy milk, yogurt, poultry, whole grain breads & nuts to name a few.