Borage (or Starflower) is an plant found frequently in warmer or Mediterranean climates. Popular in North Africa and across Europe it is known for its fuzzy leaves and the potential health benefits of its seeds' oils. The uses of Borage are varied and plentiful; they appear in medicine, cooking, and are even popular in gardening because of their attractive blue flowers.
Borage oil can be found in the wild, in a dried, herbal form, in capsules, or in an oil for external application. The benefits that starflower oil provides come primarily from its high concentration of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that cannot be generated internally and is necessary for keeping one's body in a healthy, balanced state. Regular supplements of starflower oil by capsule can complement the GLA that is received through a healthy vegetable rich diet. It is additionally used by some to combat allergy symptoms, chronic pain, and other common illnesses such as colds and flu. Starflower oil in its physical form is also popular for skin application. Consumers of the oil often use it to alleviate dry skin, inflammation, and other irregularities. It is used as both a regular moisturizer and as a topical treatment.
Starflower oil capsules and supplements are also often used to treat symptoms of PMS, the menopause and acne.