Borage oil is derived from the seeds of the borage (Borago officinalis) plant, a large plant with blue, star-shaped flowers native to Europe and North Africa and naturalized to North America. In herbal medicine the seeds, leaves and flowers are used, the seeds contains the highest amount of oil.
What it does
Borage is used for its high content of the Omega 6 oil gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It contains double the amount found in evening primrose oil and is appropriate for all conditions that this oil is used for. GLA is needed by the body for the productions of prostaglandins which control numerous mechanisms including inflammation, blood pressure, cholesterol and hormone regulation.
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Borage seeds can contain small amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are liver toxic, it is therefore important to choose a reputable brand which will be free from this toxin.
Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
If you take anti-coagulant medication such as warfarin, heparin or aspirin consult your doctor before taking borage oil.
Minor side effects from borage oil use can include bloating, nausea, indigestion, and headache.