Eczema, referred to as dermatitis many a time, is a disorder of the skin in which the skin becomes dry, irritated, red, and inflamed. Sometimes there might also be blisters with the skin becoming scaly and thickened. This skin problem is not contagious and affects both adults as well as children, though children are more prone to getting it. The exact cause behind this skin disorder is still not known, but there are a number of factors which can contribute to eczema, such as improper skin functioning, imbalance in the hormones, abnormal circulation of the blood, and weak immune system. There are certain triggers too, such as particular kinds of food, cosmetics, stress that a person might be experiencing, dust, sweat, etc., which can aggravate the symptoms of eczema.
For eczema treatment, people rely on a number of home remedies, such as application of certain oils like peppermint, coconut, and neem on the affected skin, application of herbal creams, taking bath with oatmeal, and application of natural salves such as Aloe Vera and almond paste on the skin. Borage oil is another home remedy being considered by some people to get rid of this skin problem. How effective is Borage oil in curing eczema? Let's find out.
Borage is a plant which acquires a height of around one and a half feet. It produces blue star-shaped flowers. It is found in all parts of the world, and has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. Borage oil, which is derived from the seeds of the Borage plant, is the richest source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid. GLA is known to have many anti-inflammatory properties, and hence, can cure skin disorders.
Here are some of the other benefits of borage oil.
- It prevents clotting of blood, and regulates the circulation of blood in the body. It reduces hypertension, and keeps the blood pressure under check.
- It lowers the cholesterol levels of the body, and thus, prevents heart disease.
- Borage oil, if included as a dietary supplement, minimizes skin dryness, and prevents skin aging.
- It helps in alleviating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome as well as menopause in women, such as cramping, mood swings, hot flashes, and breast tenderness.
- It is believed that borage oil prevents cancer by suppressing the tumor growth.
Borage Oil and Eczema
Borage oil, as a cure for eczema, might be useful in some cases, while in others it might be totally ineffective. There has only been a limited amount of research done on the usefulness of borage oil for eczema. Scientific studies have shown mixed results. More research needs to be done to prove the benefits of borage oil for skin disorders. According to some studies, borage oil cannot alleviate the symptoms of eczema. However, even if it does not benefit much, being all natural, it will rarely produce any side effects. People, who believe in traditional home remedies, may either apply borage oil directly to the skin, or may take it orally in capsule form. Eczema symptoms such as skin inflammation, dryness, redness, and itching, might get reduced. However, a person planning to use it for eczema cure should always start from a very low dose, and then wait for its benefits to show on his skin. Only when this happens, should the person think of increasing the dosage.
There is no doubt that borage oil is very good for the skin, how much it alleviates the eczema symptoms may vary from person to person. Otherwise, even simply applying borage oil everyday to the skin will keep it well hydrated, smooth, and supple.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.