ALL ABOUT BORAGE
I down loaded this beautiful free picture from Pexels by Eva Elijas. I love the colours and who would have thought of Borage and Strawberries as a combo? Well….. I’ve totally co-incidentally read recently that it’s good to grow borage and strawberries together as they are believed to stimulate each others growth! (Also borage and tomatoes as borage can act as a natural insect repellent.) For me though, the colours just work so beautifully. Thank you Eva Elijas at Fleur Rustique for this gorgeous picture.
BORAGE OIL SKIN BENEFITS
Borage oil skin benefits include anti-infammatory properties which can be helpful with conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea. If your skin is simply dry, you will love how it calms redness and nourishes even the driest skin. It can also help calm acne and as it is lighter than many other oils it won’t leave your face feeling at all greasy.
Of all plant oils, borage oil contains one of the highest levels of the fatty acid - gamma-linolenic acid known as GLA which is what makes borage oil such a strong anti-inflammatory. GLA is one type of omega-6 “essential” fatty acid that the body cannot make on its own so we must get it from outside sources such as borage oil.
One of the most well-researched uses for borage oil is treating inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema. GLA has been shown to correct deficiencies in skin lipids (oils). When the skin can’t produce enough protective oils of its own the result is increased inflammation and skin flare-ups. In fact, borage has the most potent concentration of gamma linoleic acid found in nature, containing twice as much as is found in the evening primrose.
BORAGE IN FOOD
Add fresh Borage to salads or sandwiches. Flowers can be floated in drinks or candied for use on cake, ice cream, and other desserts. Freeze flowers in ice cubes or drop freshly picked flowers in drinks. You can eat borage stems peeled and chopped like celery.
The Celts referred to Borage as borrach, which means 'courage'. Borager could also come from the French word borrache, which means 'hairy' or 'rough', and which could be a reference to its bristly stems and leaves. The Greeks and Romans believed that the herb was a source of courage and comfort, and there are references to the flowers being embroidered into medieval tapestries and the colours of jousting knights. The blooms were even floated in drinks consumed by Crusaders before battle. The American settlers carried borage seed with them on their long journeys across the Atlantic Ocean.
Taken from the H2G2 website.
DRY SKIN BODY OIL BLEND
This blend is fantastic for dry skin especially legs.
Sometimes hard water can create dry skin on the body.
A good trick is to apply this oil before you shower or bath.
After too if you wish.
Use instead of lotion and be amazed!
20 ml Borage Oil
10ml Calendula Infused Oil
10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
3 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
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