Borage, the super-plant
FUNCTIONS: HYDRATION, DRY-SCALP, ACNE-PRONE SKIN, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Borage (Borago Officinalis), also known as starflower is an annual plant originated in the Mediterranean. Botanist John Gerard, once mentioned the old saying ‘’ego borago gaudia semper ago’’ meaning ‘’I , Borage, bring joy’’. Historically, borage was considered to comfort the heart, reduce depression and drive away feelings of melancholy.
Today, although borage is considered a plant, it is usually grown as a flower in vegetable gardens because it serves as a good companion for other plants while helping them grow. They self-seed and need full sun in order to bloom. Its leaves and star-shaped flowers are both edible and have a variety of applications. With flavour and scent compared to that of a cucumber, the leaves are rich in potassium, calcium, vitamin- C and can be used in salads, soups or beverages whereas the vivid blue flowers can be used as a decoration. Apart from its culinary applications, the herb can be used for medicinal purposes as well.
WHAT CAN BORAGE OIL DO FOR SKIN & OVERALL HEALTH
Cold pressed from the plant seeds, borage oil has a light texture and is fast absorbable. It’s scent might me considered strong but it outweighs its beneficial properties. It contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) ,an omega–6 acid as well as linoleic, oleic, stearic and palmitic acids that benefit and maintain skin health;
It soothes and hydrates dry and irritated skin.
It is an ideal choice for sensitive and acne-prone skin types.
It is a source macronutrients especially vitamins A and C, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin, beneficial nutrients for recovering from hair loss.
Some studies suggest it can reduce inflammation and ease joint pain because of rheumatoid arthritis.
HOW TO USE
Face oil: apply a few drops daily or as needed to entire face ideally after water-based treatments. Use it as a base before applying your make-up or as a treatment before going to bed for a soft skin and plump skin.
Body oil: gently apply a few drops on dry areas, especially knees and elbows. Use after shower ideally.
Hair oil: for dry scalp or dandruff, rub a few drops between your palms and massage into your scalp thoroughly. Leave on overnight and then wash your hair . You may use this treatment once or twice a week.
Cuticle oil: rub a 1-2 drops on dry cuticles and before any nail treatment.
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