What are the Benefits of Borage Oil?

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If there’s one thing to be said about recent trends in health and wellness, a new collection of oils outside of the normal vegetable, canola, and olive varieties is impressive. From fish oil to coconut oil, flax seed to sunflower, as people move more towards an understanding of healthy fats new sources of it crop up every day.

And in the midst of this is borage oil. Derived from a plant that has been used as a natural source of medicine for centuries, borage oil is rife in benefits like many of the more popular varieties, and although lesser known than coconut or flax seed oils, it is no less important. Borage oil is rich in gamma linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that can do wonders for the body. Borage oil is also considered an alkaline food as it has a moderately alkalizing affect on the body.  Borage oil is commonly consumed as a health supplement but can also be added to many dishes in particular salad dressings.

Some Benefits Commonly Attributed to Borage oil are:

  • Reduce the inflammation commonly associated with rheumatoid arthritis, naturally relieving a lot of the pain, stiffness, and swelling experienced by patients.
  • Potentially help those living with multiple sclerosis. The linolenic acid in borage oil can help the nerves damaged by inflammation recuperate, as well as prevent damage to the nerves in the future.
  • Improve your skin. Using borage oil topically can do wonders for eczema, as well as help to relive dryness and itching, especially when associated with psoriasis. Borage oil can help to diminish acne, improve the appearance of rosacea, and may be used to treat cradle cap as well.
  • Improve your hair. Whether you beat it up with the blow dryer or are at risk for premature hair loss, borage oil can help to heal the cuticle and slow the effects of male pattern baldness.