If you suffer from very dry skin or other skin problems such as eczema, borage oil could be your answer. It can also be effective for dry hair and nails which so many women suffer from especially after menopause. If you've tried all types of creams and oils on your skin, nails and hair without seeing any improvement, try borage seed oil supplements or use it topically.
Borage is a blue, star shaped flower found in all parts of the world. It's seeds contain the richest known source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which is an Omega 6 essential fatty acid.
Borage seed oil not only restores moisture to dry, damaged skin, it is a great remedy for those who suffer from chronic skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
It can be taken as a supplement and used topically. When used directly on the skin, it penetrates well, but can leave skin feeling oily, so you might want to use it with a lighter carrier oil such as grape seed oil. Try using it instead of your night cream. And while you're at it, gently massage it into your nails, especially around the cuticles, before going to sleep.
Borage seed oil has been shown to relieve the symptoms of PMS and Menopause and has been widely studied for its inflammation relieving properties, which could prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease and arthritis.
Other sources of GLA are black currant seed oil and evening primrose oil.
Borage Seed Oil Supplements should not be taken continuously for more than 6 months. Side effects are rare, but can include stomach aches, headaches, and bloating. To reduce the likelihood of stomach upsets, take it with food.
Additional caution: Pyrrolizidine alklaloid (PA) is a liver toxin that is found in minute levels in borage seed oil. Always look for borage seed oil supplements that are certified “PA free”.
Before using borage oil, consult your physician for proper dosage and compatibility.