Monday, April 27, 2009

Borage Oil aka Borago Officinalis

If you want a product that is designed to make your skin incredibly soft, you should look for one that contains Borage Oil.

Borage oil comes from a plant. This plant is a wildflower, sometimes called starflower. It is a relatively large plant with star shaped, bright blue flowers and it is found wild in almost all parts of the world. It is a well-known herb that has been recognized and used for over 1500 years. The Roman historian Pliny writes of the virtues of borage and it is suspected that borage leaves, steeped in wine, was the mysterious nepenthe elixir that Homer writes of, which causes absolute forgetfulness when drunk. In the middle ages borage leaves were commonly brewed into a medicinal tea.*

Clinically, borage oil has been shown to be a very effective agent for treating skin disorders and for alleviating the inflammatory symptoms associated with these disorders. For everyday use, borage oil has been shown to be very effective in treating the redness, inflammation and moisture loss associated with dry skin.

This fabulous ingredient which is in our Men's lotion currently is best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin. It is truly marvelous as a carrier oil and is equally superb for addition to body care products. It is considered useful for sensitive skin.

*Grieve, M., A Modern Herbal (Vol 1) Dover Publications, NY 1971 p.119.


The Food Craving Solution said...

Borage is one of my favorite plants to grow, even though it's a wildflower. It's beautiful and so medicinal too. So glad to know you're using Borage oil in your products...

Borage oil said...

Borage seed oil is healthy. It is rich in omega 6 gamma-linoleic acid or GLA. It has the ability to delay the skin’s ageing process. It assists in cell proliferation, aids in healthy nails, provides relief from several inflammation problems, gives lustrous, healthy hair.