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Borage,  Organic

Borage, Organic


Pure, Organically grown Borage Oil 
Botanical name :  Borago officinalis
Extraction method / Source :  Cold Pressed / Seeds
Shelf Life :  18 months or more, if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light. Refrigeration will increase the shelf life of all fixed oils.
Key constituents:   Linoleic Acid 35 – 38%, Oleic Acid, 16 – 20%, Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) 15 – 19% Palmitic Acid 10 – 11%
Plant description :  Botanical family :  Boraginaceae      Also known as starflower, the borage plant is an annual flowering herb. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean, but has been naturalized to many temperate areas worldwide. It grows to a height of 2 – 3 1/2 feet, with hairy stems and leaves and produces dark green leaves and star shaped flowers which are mostly blue, but may be white or pink. The seeds are the richest source of GLA known, and are used in the production of many skin care products.
Regions of Production :  New Zealand
Growing Practices :   Organically farmed. Plants are tested after harvest for purity. 
Characteristics :   Light texture, yellow color, mild scent, absorbs readily into the skin
Properties : Anti-inflammatory, emollient, regenerative, rejuvenative  (Cooksley, 2015, Hampton, 1987)
Uses :  Soothes irritated tissue, especially good for skin damaged by over-exposure to sunlight. High in gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) which helps stimulate cell activity, it is rejuvenative and regenerative for the skin. The high GLA content also makes Borage an excellent choice for eczema, psoriasis and mature skin care.  A powerful anti-inflammatory, it is helpful for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Safety :  Nontoxic, Hypoallergenic

Storage : Store in a cool, dry place away from direct light. Refrigeration prolongs the freshness of all natural oils.
History / Fun Facts :   Beautiful star-shaped borage flowers are eaten in salads, and have a sweet, honey-like flavor. Borage oil is used as a nutritional supplement, which is reported to have many health benefits.

References :
Cooksley, Valerie Gennari, Aromatherapy : A Holistic Guide to Natural Healing with Essential Oils, 2015.  Floramed Publishing, The Woodlands, TX.
Hampton, Aubrey, Natural and Organic Hair and Skin Care, 1987. Organica Press, Tampa, FL.
Worwood, Valerie AnnThe Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991.  New World Library, Novato, California

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

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