The Benefits of Borage Oil
Native to the Mediterranean, but now grown throughout other regions of the world, borage, also known as starflower, has traditionally been used as both a natural breast enhancing and lactation inducing herb. Because the plant is edible and its seeds are used to make essential oil, borage can be taken internally or applied externally to the breasts. High in essential fatty acids, such as Omega-6, Omega-9, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA), borage, which contains phytoestrogens, is a popular choice for many women who hope to induce non-maternal lactation because of its ability to balance hormones and convert testosterone to estrogen. Borage makes a wonderful carrier oil for essential oils or oil blends, and can be purchased at health food stores or online, generally in the form of a liquid capsule. When using borage oil during breast massage, you will need to extract it by opening 1-2 capsules at a time.
As well as enhancing the breasts, balancing hormones and boosting milk supply, borage oil is also beneficial to the skin and is used to treat dermatitis and eczema, and can relieve the symptoms of PMS, lower blood pressure, and relieve pain and inflammation.
Is Borage More Beneficial Than Evening Primrose?
In many respects, borage is comparable to evening primrose. Both offer the same therapeutic properties and can be used in the same manner (either taken internally or applied topically to the breasts); women will typically take one enhancement or the other–but never both together. While evening primrose is less expensive, but still highly effective, at 7-14 percent, it contains less GLA than borage, in which the average GLA content ranges between 20-27 percent.
Is Borage Safe?
The borage plant contains chemicals known as pyrrolizidine alkaloids(PAs), which are toxic when taken in large internal doses and believed to cause liver damage. Because of this, many women feel that evening primrose is a safer alternative as a breast and/or inducing enhancement; however, borage oil can be made PA-free during the production process, so, if choosing this as a carrier oil, you might want to consider purchasing a product labeled as PA free. You should also know that even when marketed as containing no PAs, all borage oils do contain small amounts of the alkaloids.
Additional Health Information
As with any whole-plant essential oil, borage does carry the risk of side effects or allergic reaction. Women who are currently taking estrogen or undergoing HRT should speak with a qualified medical professional before using borage oil. You can find more detailed information on borage by reading 21 Effective Galactagogues.