Borage

Borago Officinalis

Borage is is a wildflower commonly called ‘starflower’. The bright blue shinning flowers appear in thick clusters from June until August. Because its so rich in nectar Borage is considered one of the best plants for attracting bees.

Originating in Asia Minor it grows abundantly in almost all parts of the world. It grows prolifically but never excessively, it’s growth always remains well ordered.

It is a well-known herb recognised and used for over 1500 years. It has an affinity with lymph and can cause sluggish or stagnant processes to flow again. 

Today the borage plant is primarily grown and harvested for the very valuable oil found in its seeds. It is one of the richest sources (24%) of the omega 6 fatty acid Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA).

For the Skin
Clinically, borage oil has been shown to be an effective agent for treating skin disorders and alleviating the redness, inflammation, and moisture loss associated with dry and dehydrated skins. Difficult skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and dermatitis have improved or corrected in studies with the use of GLA. There is ample evidence showing that borage oil has significant effect in combating inflammation in acne and rosacea conditions. It’s also been reported that it is effective in supporting trans epidermal water loss and the excessive and pathological growth of skin cells associated with psoriasis.

Along with its high GLA content it also contains linolenic acid which helps prevent wrinkles and premature ageing. It has a broad range of phytochemicals including potent antioxidants ferulic acid, vitamins A and C, and barrier supportive B vitamins, including niacin to restore the intracellular moisture barrier of skin that is either chronically dry or has been environmentally damaged. Ellagic acid supports production of collagen, preventing its breakdown and regenerating skin cells.

Borage is an astringent oil rich in tannins that creates a dry feeling on the skin, calms redness, minimise pores while stimulating cellular activity within the skin.

Our Borage oil is grown and cold in the UK, the crop is grown as part of a Bee Friendly project, supporting the  diversity of insect life.

We also use a traditional made herbal tincture with Borage that is grown biodynamically here in the UK.