Borage oil is a favorite among many who seek natural breast enlargement. It is taken both internally and applied externally by NBE’ers as part of their breast enlargement routines. So what is borage oil and how does borage oil benefit breast growth?
Borage is also known as starflower because of its beautiful blue, star-shaped flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean but grows in other parts of the world. Borage plants are edible and eaten fresh or as a dried herb. The seeds are used to make Borage Seed Oil, better known as Borage Oil or Starflower Oil. Borage oil is rich in essential fatty acids including Omega-6 and Omega-9. It is especially rich in the fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
Benefits for Breast Enlargement
Borage oil is taken by NBE’ers because of it’s high GLA content. The fatty acids, like the ones found in borage oil, are essential for aromatase activity – conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Borage oil also contains phytoestrogens and has traditionally been used to increase milk supply. It also balances hormones which is beneficial to NBE.
Borage Oil vs Evening Primrose Oil
Borage oil and evening primrose oil are used similarly in NBE. Both are taken internally and used externally for breast massage. NBE’ers generally take one or the other but not both together. Some NBE’ers prefer borage oil because it has a higher GLA content than EPO. The average GLA content in borage oil is 20-27% while EPO only averages about 7-14%.
Some NBE’ers prefer EPO because it is less expensive than borage oil yet still effective. Some people also believe that EPO is safer than borage oil as high amounts of borage oil is said to be toxic. But borage oil is safe for the most part as much of the toxic chemical is processed out during manufacturing.
Additional Health Benefits
Besides increasing milk supply and regulating hormones, borage oil is said to be beneficial to the skin and is used to treat dermatitis and eczema. It also used to relieve PMS symptoms and lower blood pressure. Borage oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties and is used to relieve pain and swelling.
Where to Buy
Borage oil can be found in local health food stores as well as online. It is usually available in a liquid capsule form only so if you plan to use borage oil for breast massage, you will need to break open a capsule or two to massage with. Unfortunately, the oil is not available in a bottle like EPO is.
Borage Oil and Toxicity
The borage plant contains a chemical called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). PAs are toxic and when taken internally, PA’s are said to cause liver damage and even cancer. Borage oil can be created PA-free during the manufacturing process so when purchasing borage oil, check that it is labled PA-free. Do keep in mind that no borage oil is 100% PA-free but they are under the limit for safe consumption. You would need to take hundreds of pills per day to experience any harmful effects.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended that you do not take any borage oil. There is not enough research on the safety of borage oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding at this time.