Benefits of BORAGE SEED OIL
- Good for skin disorders: Rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, acne, dry, damaged, aging and sunburned skin.
- Contains Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is among the richest known sources of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
- It is a good oil to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
- Supports mobility of joints and tissues.
- Strong odor compared to other carrier oils.
- Dilute to a maximum of 10% of the blend. Typically mixed with other carrier oils because of its oily residue and the cost of borage oil, but is included because of it’s amazing qualities.
- Leaves an oily feeling on the skin.
- Good shelf life (six months to a year) if refrigerated after opening.
- Not recommended for use during pregnancy.
Borago Officinalis or borage oil is derived from seeds of the borage plant’s star-shaped blue flowers. It contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a strong fatty acid, along with the essential fatty acid omega 6 that jointly gives borage oil its medicinal properties. The gamma linolenic acid stops skin inflammations because it is the building block prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that can control inflammation and smooth muscles.
Besides reducing skin inflammation borage oil, helps with itching and scaliness. Although not everyone who uses borage oil in a double-blind trial had a decrease in skin inflammation, but most did. Routine usage of borage oil was known to lessen the persistent inflammatory skin condition of rosacea, eczema, acne, psoriasis and itchy scalp. The outward symptoms are swelling or redness of the nose, chin, cheeks, forehead or eyelids.
Not only does borage oil restore your skin smoothness and moisture but it reduced the Transepidermal Water Loss. Transepidermal Water Loss (TWL) or (TEWL) is the water loss that passes through the skin’s epidermal layer into the encompassing atmosphere through evaporation.
The external use of borage oil was used on children affected by infantile seborrheic dermatitis in a study by A. Tollesonand and A. Frithz that was published in the “British Journal of Dermatology” in 1993. Kids with this infantile seborrheic dermatitis have crusts and dry scales on their scalp, face, eyelids, groins and armpits. All of the 48 children in the study after only 10 to 12 days of the treatment were free from lesions in other regions of the bodies where the oil was not applied. The state never returned following the discontinuation of borage oil.
Blending Borage Seed Oil with Essential Oils
Borage Seed Carrier Oil Mixture:
10% Borage Seed Oil
90% Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil
Blending Essential Oils:
Body Massage Oil: 40-60 drops of essential oil to about 4 ounces of Borage Seed Carrier Oil Mixture.
Everyday Home Use: 10-20 drops of essential oils with 1 ounce of Borage Seed Carrier Oil Mixture..
Therapeutic: 25-30 drops of essential oil to about 1/2 oz of Borage Seed Carrier Oil Mixture.
- Therapeutic blends are normally used to address a specific health issue and is not used long-term.
- Some Essential Oils need fewer drops due to their high potency.
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