borage oil for anxiety disorder

Our erratic schedules afflicted with over-spilling work deadlines, family responsibilities, and personal commitments are bound to get on our nerves at some point of time. While feeling nervous is natural, constant apprehension can be indicative of a looming anxiety disorder which you might be overlooking.

A serious mental health issue, an anxiety disorder can make it difficult for one to carry on with seemingly regular tasks such as talking to people and buying groceries. However, there are natural ways to overcome all the anxiousness and declutter your mind.

Natural anti-anxiety remedies including yoga, aromatherapy, foods and certain herbs all help calm the mind and release stress. One such ingredient—borage oil—which is profoundly acclaimed for its beauty benefits, is also known to alleviate anxiety.

Borage Oil For Anxiety: Yes, It Works!
An anti-aging elixir, borage oil with its natural anti-inflammatory goodness, is known to improve skin, restore its suppleness and elasticity, and temper sallow, dry skin, and scars. Other benefits of this oil include weight management, improving cardiac health, kidney function, and arthritis inflammation. [1]

That being said, here we focus on the anti-anxiety properties of this Mediterranean elixir. Fondly known as the ‘herb of gladness’ since Roman times, borage was often found mixed with wine to combat stress and general malaise. A healthy blend of calcium, magnesium, and potassium and omega-6 fatty acids, borage finds its utility in improving the functioning of the brain. [2] Gamma linoleic acid (GLA) found in borage oil can be effectively converted into omega-3 EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid ) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are both omega-3 fats and play an important role in treating mood disorders. [3,4]

How To Use It
Speak to your doctor or a registered naturopathic doctor before using borage oil, as it may interact with herbal or prescription medicines and cause side effects.

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