Cold Pressed Organic Starflower Oil (Borago officinalis)
Starflower (Borage officinalis), or borage, is an old medicinal and culinary herb. While borage is a native of the Mediterranean, West Asia and Northern Africa, it is now naturalized in most temperate zones.
John Gerard wrote in his Herball (1597) that borage makes “men and women glad and merry, driving away all sadnesse, dulnesse and melancholy.” Today, this is still true; we usually add borage blossoms to Pimms cocktails in the summer.
First recorded use of borage was in Syria, over 2,000 years ago.
It is used in herbal medicine to soothe damaged or irritated skin. It is thought to have mild sedative and anti-depressant effects.
The oil is obtained from the tiny seeds of the borage plant. These are ready for harvest in the autumn when the flowers have been replaced by hairy seedpods. The seeds from the borage plant have been grown organically and cold-pressed to obtain the starflower oil.
Starflower oil shares properties of evening primrose oil, as they both contain gamma linolenic acid or GLA. Though evening primrose is probably the best-known source, Starflower oil contains the highest amount of gamma-linolenic acid in nature. GLA can help to regulate hormone levels, vital bodily functions, and bring many benefits to the skin.
GLA deficiencies, and in the essential fatty acid linolenic acid (from which our bodies produce GLA), have been linked with dermatological conditions, such as adult acne and atopic eczema.
Starflower oil has been shown to be anti-inflammatory and soothing for dry skin conditions as a dietary supplement or when included in a cream for the skin.
Starflower oil is very effective, and gentle enough to be used for babies’ skin. Studies suggest that starflower oil can have a soothing effect on cradle cap, if applied over time.