Borage seed oil is an oil extract derived from the borage plant (Borago officinalis). Borage is also known as the starflower, named for its five petals that form a star shape. The borage plant is native to Syria. Today, borage grows throughout northern Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Mediterranean, and South America.1
The borage plant is recognizable by its bright blue flowers and cucumber-like fruit covered in white prickly hairs. The oil extracted from borage seeds is a pale green or golden yellow color. It has a distinct, sweet aroma.
Borage seed oil has been used in traditional medicine by both the Turkish and Syrian cultures during the medieval times.
Borage Seed Oil Health Uses and Health Benefits
Borage seed oil health benefits are well recognized because it’s the richest natural source of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). GLA is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that has numerous benefits, including improved joint, skin and hair health. This is why borage seed oil for eczema is a well-known natural remedy.1,2
Borage seed oil is also recognized as a natural anti-inflammatory that has antioxidant properties as well. This makes it an effective remedy for treating a range of chronic and acute illnesses.2
Some additional borage seed oil health benefits include:
Borage seed oil uses for improved health include:
Borage Seed Oil Side Effects and Precautions
Borage seed oil side effects may include diarrhea, bloating and soft stool when taken internally in large doses. Pregnant women should not take borage seed oil as it can induce labor.2