The precious borage oil
Obtained from the cold pressing of the seeds of Borago officinalis, a plant of pink borage is probably native to the East, and is widespread in most of Europe and in America. Borage oil is a vegetable oil used both for internal and external use . It is taken in the form of capsules to rebalance the female hormonal system, as an anti-cholesterol, but not only. It is also a natural antioxidant of skin tissues, used externally both in the presence of impure skin, due to ovarian cysts for example, acne and problems related to the female cycle ; and when the problem is dry and dry skin and is used as an anti-wrinkle and anti-stretch mark .
Cosmetic use of borage oil
An oil in very small quantities is extracted from the seeds of the borage with a first cold pressing. Very rich in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as alpha-linoleic acid (32-38%); linoleic acid (18-25%); Oleic acid (15-19%), borage oil is successfully used for all skin problems, especially when they are the result of hormonal imbalances. It also contains large quantities of important minerals, from calcium to potassium to tannins. All these compounds serve as precursors of the phospholipids that make up cell membranes. Specifically for cosmetics, borage oil is an excellent ally as it counteracts skin aging and performs a regenerating action on dry skin, fighting at the same time skin inflammation, eczema, acne, psoriasis, among the other things.
For external and cosmetic use it can be used for various functions . Let's see:
- Natural eye contour . Apply the oil in very small quantities the night before going to sleep, being careful not to put it too close to the eye; it is always preferable to apply the oil on damp skin, in order to moisturize it thoroughly. For puffy and dry dark circles, it is good practice to perform a light massage with borage oil and blackcurrant oil every night.
- Anti-wrinkle . Borage oil participates in cell regeneration and gives elasticity to the skin. Represents one of the most effective anti-wrinkle known to date. For external use there are currently natural dermo-cosmetic products and nourishing creams containing it, to be spread on the skin of the face and body. Or, it can be used directly, massaging it pure on the slightly dampened skin of the face, or diluted in jojoba oil or wheat germ oil, to enhance the moisturizing action of the first and nutritious of the second. Pure organic borage oil is effective as an emollient, decongestant and cell regulator .
- Skin blemishes and skin disorders . The use of borage oil is useful in the treatment of skin disorders, such as skin rashes and scaling, seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Regulates the formation of fat in the sebaceous glands and acts as a balancing agent for the capillary circulation . For skin blemishes on the body and face, just massage a little daily on the area to be treated to prevent them from becoming larger or scaly. It also seems to soothe the inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, repairs nails that are easily weakened and is an excellent moisturizer even for the delicate skin of the breast . The virtues of borage are definitely related to the female body, as it contains phytoestrogens, which perform important functions including stimulating the production of breast milk.
- Capillary nutrient . Borage oil heals dry and suffering hair, goes well with sweet almond oil to make nourishing compresses and, for the same purpose, it is also taken in capsules.
Curiosity . Borage is a little-known plant that grows wild even in Italy in many places of fertile and humid lands, along roadsides, on the slopes of the mountains and is easily recognized for the hairs that cover its stems and its leaves, so like the blue, pink or white flowers that form the plant. In some Italian regions borage also enters the kitchen, for the filling of ravioli or vegetarian vegetable meatloaf. The name of borage, according to some historians, derives from the word lanino borra, which means "hair, raw wool". Other authors state, however, that the name of this vegetable derives from the Arabic aburash, which means "father of sweat", with reference to the sudorific properties of the plant, in particular of its flowers.
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