Latin name: Borago officinalis
Other name: starflower
What is Borage?
Borage is an herb that originated in Syria and is grown throughout parts of Europe and Africa as well. It is commonly consumed in a variety of European cuisines and dishes, but has become commercially associated with the oil that is made from the plant’s seeds. Borage oil’s nutritional value centers on its high amount of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is an essential fatty acid known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Like evening primrose oil and black currant seed oil, borage oil is one of the primary plant-based sources of GLA, yet borage oil is the richest source of the three.
What are the health benefits of Borage?
Borage oil’s primary medicinal function centers on its anti-inflammatory properties, and as such is used to treat conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, psoriasis, common colds, bronchitis and other respiratory infections, and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have been conducted to determine borage oil’s efficacy in treating eczema and there have been mixed results in determining its relationship to the condition. Borage oil is also used to reduce the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome.
What are the guidelines for taking Borage?
Borage oil is typically administered through the use of dietary supplements such as gels or caps. They can be found online, in health food stores, or in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.
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