Borage seed is one of the richest sources of GLA's (gamma-linoleic acid), a particularly healing and rejuvenating substance. GLAs are essential for the body's production of prostaglandins, which in turn support the metabolism and immune system. Gamma linoleic acids nourish the skin, maintain its healthy tone and ally the wear and tear of time. Small quantities of Borage Seed oil can be added to other blends and lotions to enhance their effects. A great oil to add to facial blends for mature skin.
Borage belongs to Jupiter and Leo. A delightful 'happy herb' that was once considered one of the four 'cordial flowers and esteemed for cheering the spirits'. It is also believed to foster courage.
Vegetable oils and butters are derived from seeds and nuts or very oily vegetables like olives or avocadoes. Just as such nuts and vegetables are healthy and nutritious for the body when included in the diet they also nourish and help to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair when used in cosmetic preparations. Each type of oil has its own specific characteristics, feel and consistency. Some are quite drying, while others are rich and thick. Some have a chemical structure that is very similar to the skin's sebum and are thus particularly healing. Some oils are particularly rich in unsaturated essential fatty acids (also known as EFAs, such as oleic or linoleic fatty acids) and vitamin E and other fat soluble vitamins, which are essential to our health and well-being. Such oils are considered vitalizing and rejuvenating and are thus particularly suitable for tired and worn skin.