Used for treating inflammatory and rheumatic conditions, to treating depression, as a diuretic and to promote sweating in fevers. The seeds is cultivated to make into oil, which is known as starflower oil or borage seed oil. This oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid, greater then evening primrose oil or blackcurrant oil. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid used to treat dermatitis, arthritis, eczema, mastalgia, PMS, as well as the pain, tingling and numbness that can occur in diabetes.
Star flower oil can also reduce joint swelling, tenderness and pain in rheumatoid arthritis, and improve the condition and function of skin. You will need to take large regular doses of the oil (1-2g of GLA, or 3-12 capsules a day, for at least 6 months.