Medicinal plant used to treat and soothe various skin problems (dry or sensitive skin, neurodermatitis, wrinkles). It can be found in cream, ointment or capsule form.


Portuguese name: Borage
Binomial name: Borago officinalis
French name: Bourrache , huile de bourrache
English name: borage, burage
German name: Borretschöl , Borretsch
Italian name: borragine




Polyunsaturated fatty acids (gamma linolenic acid, linoleic acid), tannins, vitamin C , allantoin (especially in borage flowers), tannins

parts used

Borage oil: oil extracted from borage grain, leaves, flowers, seeds

Effects (borage oil)

Soothing, fights aging, improves epidermis resistance, diuretic.

Indications (borage oil)

Neurodermatitis or atopic dermatitis (according to a study published in 2013, borage is not more effective than placebo, read in observations), eczema (not very effective, read in observations), wrinkles, sensitive skin, dry skin , stretch marks, skin aging (prevention), rheumatoid arthritis , arthritis , menstrual pain, colds

Read: Evening primrose and borage oil are no more effective than placebo!

Secundary effects

In high doses, it is possibly liver toxic. In fact, borage leaves contain a pyrrolizidine alkaloid that can become toxic.


Pregnancy, lactation. Please read the package instructions.


Possible interaction between warfarin and borage-based capsules.

Borage-based preparations

– Ointment

– Creme

– Capsule

– Borage tincture
Recipe to prepare this tincture:
Use 50 g of borage flowers and leaves for 250 mL of 70° alcohol. Mix borage and alcohol in a closed bottle, store for 4 weeks in the refrigerator. Shake this bottle for a few seconds every 2 or 3 days. Transfer to a new clean jar. Dosage: mix 20 drops of this tincture in about 250 ml of water. Apply once a day with a compress for 1 hour on areas affected by eczema or poorly healed wounds.

– Infusion

Where does borage grow?

Borage grows in Europe and also in other continents, such as Asia and the American continent.
Borage originates from the Mediterranean region and West Asia.

plant it yourself

Borage is annual and grows spontaneously, which allows its development and seed production.

When to harvest borage?

Harvest the aerial parts (flowers) of borage in summer, in Europe generally from May to September.
Borage leaves are harvested in Europe preferably in June. At this time, it is estimated that the concentration of certain toxic substances (alkaloids) is the lowest.

Can we harvest this plant in the wild?

Yes, we can harvest borage (at least in Europe) directly from the wild, mostly along roadsides, it is also often found in gardens.


– Some doctors may prescribe borage oil-based ointments. The pharmacist will usually mix borage oil into a soothing cream or cold cream (a commonly used ointment base). One of the indications for this cream or ointment is for neurodermatitis or for sensitive skin (dry skin, for example). According to some patients, borage-based ointments or capsules are a good alternative for numerous skin problems. Talk to your specialist.

– However, according to US researchers from the Minnesota College of Medicine and Essentia Health Systems Duluth, who published a study in 2013, borage (and evening primrose) oil is no more effective than placebo in treating of atopic dermatitis and eczema. Read: Evening primrose and borage oil are no more effective than placebo!

– The Celtic term for borage means “ glad courage ” .

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