The amazing benefits of Borago aka StarFlower
Borage (Borago officinalis L.) known also as the “flower-star”, because of its blue-purple petal shape, is coming from the Mediterranean from where it spread throughout the world.
Today it is grown mostly in the UK, New Zealand, Poland, the Netherlands and Canada, that are covering over 95% of world production. The cultivation of this plant began through the 1970s due to increased scientific knowledge of its particular nutritional value.
Borago is not only grown because of its beneficial effects on our bodies, but also as a favorite plant in the kitchen. It can cause of the aroma and taste vaguely reminiscent of onions or cucumbers. The leaves and flowers are selected, some of which are dry or fresh, that can be made and used as tea. The oil is not suitable for thermal treatment, but will certainly be a great addition to your cold foods and natural cosmetics.
Borago seed oil is one of the few commercially available products with a high fatty γ-linolenic acid (GLA). It contains the range of 16-27%, which is the most similar group of primrose oil (8-13%), black seed seed (8-20%) or peppermint oil (1-4%). In short, this fatty acid restores the balance between the lipid mediators (messenger) pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory inflammation.
The StarFlower is concentrated with healing fatty acids on average of two times more than primrose oil. That is why the price is higher, but fortunately not double. Once upon a time, it costed as much pure gold, and today its price has reached an acceptable level for any budget. Borago, or, a beautiful warrior plant, contains linolenic acid oil and should be stored in a cool, dark place.
Balance for the morning – you can start your day well with this:
- About 200ml soy yogurt,
- A tablespoon borago oil,
- 1 tablespoon of walnut oil,
- One tablespoon Chia seeds,
- Tablespoon Flax seeds,
- 1 tablespoon of ground hemp seeds,
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 2-3 chopped dates, also chopped nuts or almonds.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and, if desired, add fresh fruits.