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Borage seed oil is a suitable oil for treating dry scalp and dandruff, and can also aid with healthier hair growth when combined with other hair growth natural oils. Borage seed oil is also known as borage oil and starflower oil.
Borage Oil for Hair
Borage seed oil is derived from the seeds of the Borago officinalis aka starflower. The herb is native to Spain but has spread to the Mediterranean region. It is also grown in several areas of the world as the bright purple leaves are edible.
Borage seed oil is light colored with a light texture. The aroma is strong but not unpleasant. If you don’t like the smell, it can be masked when mixed with other recommended oils below.
Benefits of Taking Borage Oil
All the qualities make it borage seed oil ideal for hair, skin, and beauty but there are some warnings associated with borage seed oil use. These warnings are detailed at the bottom of this article.
Borage leaves are used in salads or as a garnish while the blue colored flower is used to beautify deserts in some parts of Europe.
Meal Decorated with Borage Flowers
Borage seed oil can be taken internally in supplement form (read warning at bottom of the article before trying this) with1 ug of UPA daily recommended. Borage seed oil supplement recommendations are also made at the end of this article.
Borage Oil Benefits for Hair
Perfect GLA Profile
Borage seed oil is one of the most ideal oils for hair with a very high GLA profile. GLA is converted into properties that have anti-inflammatory effects and can be used to treat inflammation on the scalp, eczema, and dry scalp.
It can also be used to treat a scalp condition known as folliculitis, which is inflammation of the hair follicles.
Loaded with Macronutrients
Borage seed oil has many macronutrients especially vitamins A and C, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin, beneficial nutrients for recovering from hair loss.
Borage Seed Oil for Hair Growth
Borage seed oil is featured prominently in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide, a comprehensive guide for recovering from hair loss, regrowing bald spots and filling in thin areas of your scalp.
How to Use Borage Seed Oil on Hair
Borage Seed Oil Scalp Oil
Heating borage seed oil breaks down the fatty acids and degrades the quality so avoid using it with heat as much as possible.
- 3 tablespoons of borage seed oil
- 3 tablespoons of castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil
- 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
Borage Seed Oil for Hair Growth
- Mix all the ingredients together and apply to your scalp.
- Massage into your scalp thoroughly. Pin up your hair and cover with a disposable cap.
- Leave on overnight then shampoo and deep condition your hair.
- This treatment can be used once or twice every week.
Where to Buy Borage Seed Oil?
Ensure the borage seed oil you buy is free of unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids (UPAs). Some excellent borage seed oil recommendations include Life Flo Pure Borage Seed Oil and Bella Terra Oils Borage Seed Oil.
Keep your borage seed oil refrigerated to extend its shelf life. You can also add in 10 drops of vitamin E oil before refrigerating. Conduct a patch test on your inner arm before using borage seed oil for the first time.
Borage Seed Oil Side Effects
The leaves of the borage flower have been found to contain small amounts of toxins, which can lead to liver damage. Consuming the supplements has been documented to cause loose stool and stomach pain.
Due to the issues associated with taking it internally, I would recommend sticking to topical use. If you still prefer supplement form as well, evening primrose oil and black currant oil are better replacements and have the same benefits.
In all cases, do not start taking supplements without consulting your physician especially if you’re pregnant or nursing. Ingesting borage seed oil improperly can lead to adverse effects.
Borage Seed Oil Hair Products
- Shikai – Natural Everyday Conditioner
- John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler
- Aloe Vera + Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Shampoo by Nature’s Gate
- Aloe Vera + Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Conditioner by Nature’s Gate
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If you enjoyed this post, you’ll be interested in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide, a comprehensive tool for recovering from hair loss, regrowing bald spots and filling in thin areas of your scalp. There’s an entire chapter in the book dedicated to borage seed oil.