How would you like to cure your dry, itchy skin? Decrease your PMS or menopause symptoms? Cure a cold, bronchitis or respiratory infections? What about rheumatoid arthritis if you’re an older woman or your baby’s cradle cap if you’re a mom?
Young or old - borage oil helps women find relief for themselves or their loved ones.
How It Works
Borage oil comes from the seeds of a wildflower called starflower. The plant, with blue star shaped flowers, can be found in all part of the world.
For centuries, people used the oil from the seeds of the borage plant for medicinal properties. The oil has naturally occurring gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is an essential fatty acid.
How the Body Uses GLA
The human body naturally produces GLA, but it must have linoleic acid (LA) to produce it. You get LA from vegetable oil in your diet. It doesn’t take much LA to spark the production of GLA but for some people, they become deficient in GLA because the enzyme D6D stops functioning.
When there is enzyme D6D impairment, the skin loses its anti-inflammatory properties, which regulates moisture levels and protects the skin.
Supplementing borage oil wakes up the enzyme D6D, which returns it to normal functioning.
People with skin disorders, who supplement with borage oil, find their disorders clear up, indicating that borage oil restarts the hydration deficit in the skin so continued use is not necessary as the body then takes over normally.
Research has found that borage oil applied topically to one area, seeps into the skin and has the same moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effects on other parts of the body. Baby’s with cradle cap show marked improvement with two daily applications of the oil on their scalp. It was further observed that infants also showed improvement in skin on other parts of their body, which explained to researchers how the body absorbs the GLA from the area applied and then delivers it throughout the body.
What About Lotions with Borage Oil
If you look at lotions nowadays, you’ll begin to see that borage oil is used in them to help hydrate the skin. Keep in mind, lotions are combined with other ingredients so you aren’t getting the full strength of the borage oil.
Other Uses of Borage Oil
Borage isn’t only a good moisturizer; it’s also great for the following:
How to Take Borage Oil
You can apply it topically to the skin by purchasing borage oil and using it as recommended.
For consumption, you have two options:
You can purchase borage oil capsules and take the recommended dose, which is typically two capsules a half hour before meals.
You can also make borage tea by chopping the borage plants leaves and flowers in small pieces. Place approximately a quarter cup of the leaves and flowers into a cup and pour boiling water over them. Let the leaves, flowers and water sit for ten minutes and then strain the leaves and flowers out. You can add sugar or honey for taste.
Borage oil and capsules deliver the highest concentration of borage to your body and is most effective.
Consult Your Doctor
It’s a good idea to speak with your doctor whenever you start a new alternative medicine regimen. Inform him of all medications you are taking to confirm there are no drug interactions.