Borage seed Oil

In the Middle Ages, the bright blue star shaped flowers picked from the borage plant were used in salads and soups for the calming effect they had on people. Today, it’s the oil from the borage seeds that people are typically interested in, mainly for the health benefits provided by gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Borage oil contains up to 24% of GLA, the highest known potency for naturally occurring GLA.

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The borage plant can thrive in any type of soil, growing well with regular watering and good sunlight. As the roots stop growing a few inches below the soil, the plant needs to be protected from damage against the wind and cold temperatures. The plant is grown in shallow drills to a height of 2 to 3 feet, maturing in approximately 6 weeks. Although borage can bloom all season, the seeds are usually sown during springtime and are ready for harvest in summer. The black oblong seeds are collected from the borage plant and are crushed to extract the yellow borage oil.