When used on the skin, borage oil can relieve the symptoms and appearance of eczema, rosacea and dermatitis. When taken in capsules, studies show borage oil helps regulate hormones and reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and also relieves arthritis symptoms. Anecdotal reports suggest it can also relieve PMS in capsule form.
Traditionally, borage oil is applied to the skin to relieve dryness and fine lines. It’s safe for use all over the body, is an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, has a cooling effect and is softening to the skin.
Borage oil is very thick, so we recommend applying it in small amounts or using it as a carrier oil for essential oils. Studies show borage oil can help with skin barrier repair and the prevention and management of skin damage and ageing, including from the sun's UVB rays. It also promotes the formation of collagen, which is essential for healthy supple skin.