If you have ever wondered why Borage Herbal Creams and Lotions are so good with helping those with problem skin..the read on.
Borage has thick soft stems and large leaves, both of which are covered in fine bristly hairs. The flowers are star-shaped and a vivid sky blue, although an occasional pink bloom does appear (there is also a rare species with white flowers). The blooms are full of nectar and are a source of food for bees.The flowers, leaves, seeds, and oil are used for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
Borage is a cooling, saline, diuretic herb, which increases perspiration and has mild sedative and anti depressive properties.
The herb contains mucilages and trace amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (such as amabiline, supinidine, lycopsamine and intermedine) and the seed oil contains high levels of unsaturated y-linolenic acid (GLA) and essential fatty acid, as well as linoleic acid and oleic acid.
The GLA contained in borage seed oil is higher than the amount contained in evening primrose oil - 21% compared to that of 9%.The GLA influences stress reactivity and has shown to increase cardiovascular reactivity and is also used to treat eczema and dermatitis.GLA is required to maintain normal body functions, as it is a precursor of dihomo-y-linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, from which prostaglandins and leucotrienes are derived. Leucotrienes are hormone-like substances that positively affect cholesterol levels, the dilation of blood vessels, as well as inflammatory conditions.
Aromatherapy and essential oil use
- The oil extracted from borage is very soothing and softening to the skin, and also helps to reduce the redness so often experienced with very sensitive skins.
- It helps with skin clearing and lightening, promoting healthy skin growth and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It is also said to be a hormonal balancer.
- Borage oil is of great use on problem skins, especially with acne, pimples and blemishes