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Borage (Starflower) Oil

Northstar Lipids


  • SegmentPersonal care
  • FunctionOther

Ingredient Description

We contract with local farmers here in the UK to produce our own Borage seed crop. The plant was originally a native weed but has been cultivated for both seed oil production and for herbal infusions over the last 20 years. The beautiful star-shaped purple flower has given rise to the other name by which this product is know i.e. ‘Starflower oil’. The oil is rich in Essential Fatty Acids and in particular it is well known as being the richest commercial plant source of GLA, an Omega 6 Fatty Acid which is a key ‘building brick’ in production of the body’s regulatory hormones; it has been shown to be effective in the treatment of dry/damaged skin tissue and particularly good at reducing wrinkles around the eye. The oil rich seed is pressed and extracted using traditional techniques, the crude oil obtained is then refined to yield a pale yellow, low odour product ideal for both dietary and cosmetic applications. Borage is a Bee Friendly crop as it helps sustain a healthy bee population whilst also benefitting from a higher yield following pollination. Beekeepers also enjoy a bumper yield of high value Borage honey. For more information see click the Bee Friendly logo. We sell a number of grades of Borage oil, please see individual descriptions. See also Echium, Blackcurrant and Arvensis oils.


  • Company nameNorthstar Lipids
  • Legal nameNorthstar Lipids, Ltd.
  • HeadquartersLincolnshire, UK
  • DescriptionAt Northstar we specialise in functional, high value plant derived natural oils. We have over 30 years technical, operational and commercial experience and a breadth of expertise covering the sourcing, processing and end-use applications for our products; this enables us to help our customers select the right oil for their needs, be it for health-foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, animal health or other industrial uses.
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