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I have recently had a Breast Cancer scare. I was living in Weston Super Mare at the time
I was having alot of pain in my breasts I desided to check them to be on the safe side.
To my horror I found large lumps on both breasts. I told a close friend and she said don't delay and get checked.
I went to see the Nurse at my doctors surgery she checked me and said there was lumps there and she would send me for fast track at the hospital.The wait seems for ever.Then thee weeks later I saw a Breast Surgeon. She sent me for a scan there and then.
I was too young for a Mamogram.
I got the results it is not cancer, but to do with hormone levels caused through exstreme stress. I'd been under loads after a horrible fall out with my best friend a few months before.
The surgeon also said I could be starting the menpause, this could also be a factor.
The surgeon recommended Star flower oil. This is a natural remedy for treating hormone imbalance.
Star flower is made from the plant known as borage a plant that originates from the Meditarainion however it is being grown more and more in the U.K. It has rectantangular petals that are hairy.
You may know Borage for being used in Pimms cocktail.If eaten raw it tastes like cucumber so I have been told. I have only ever had it in capsule form.
Star flower is used for various ailments. It is very useful for skin disorders such as exzema and use to treat urinary infections too.
I take mine for Hormonal problems. I take 1000mg of the supplement daily, I have found it's helped speed up my metabolism and has certainly given me more energy. The breast tenderness has improved a great deal. Although the Menopause has not.
WARNING. Advice from your G.P. is essential if you suffer from epilepsy.
I take on daily with food, as the tablet repeats on me if I don't.
Starflower is amazing and I will now take it for the rest of my life.
Thank you for reading.
Supplement can be found on amazon for 10.80 for 90 capsules. (Lamberts).
I have suffered from eczema ever since I was a baby and over the years feel like I have tried every lotion and potion available to cure it. Since last November, I decided to stop using steroid creams, as my skin was becoming addicted to them. I have now been steroid-free for a year and am a lot better for it, preferring to use natural remedies to help my skin.
Starflower oil, or borage oil was recommended to me by a lady in Singapore who had read my blog about my skin. Her little boy had also been going through steroid withdrawal and she used borage/starflower oil on his skin and internally as a supplemement. I decided to give it a go.
Starflower oil is usually available in 1000 mg capsules, and can be found in most health food shops and some supermarkets and chemists. I got mine from Superdrug, for £4 for a tub of 30 capsules.
Starflower oil is a source of a substance called GLA. GLA is also found in evening primrose oil. It is believed to regulate the hormones in the body. Each capsule contains 220mg of GLA. It is also high in essential fatty acids which are good for the skin. The superdrug starflower capsules also contain vitamin E, which is also a great ingreadient for healthy skin.
The capsules themselves are like huge torpedoes! I mean, they are seriously big! They are designed to be taken with water and despite the size, I have never had trouble swallowing one! They don't leave any kind of aftertaste and don't have any side effects that I know of. The capsules are best taken with a meal.
As well as taking the capsules orally, I also use the oil directly on my skin. I nick the end of a capsule with a sharp knife and gently squeeze the oil out onto my finger. The oil feels really nice when applied to the skin and goes on smoothly without dragging the skin. It does not irritate my sensitive skin at all and does not cause an allergic reaction on my skin, even when I use it in the delicate eye area. Another nice thing about the oil is that it is absorbed quickly by the skin, so it does not leave a greasy feeling on the surface. About 10 seconds after application, the skin feels normal, with no trace of oil or grease.
I have been using the oil for a couple of weeks now and I have noticed some improvements in the texture of my skin. It has been really good at combatting the winter dryness caused by going out in the chilly weather and then coming home and whacking the heating on. I think that this product would be useful for anyone with dry or sensitive skin, not just eczema.
The warning on the tub tells the user not to exceed the recommended dose. Also, those suffering from epilepsy, pregnat or brestfeeding women should consult a doctor before taking starflower oil supplements.
Starflower oil is a beneficial supplement and has had a good effect on my dry skin. The only disadvantage for me is the price. It is quite expensive in most shops.
I have suffered with varying degrees of acne for around 15 years, and consequently have learnt to deal with it, but never completely combat it! Mine seems to be of the cystic type, which I have inherited from my mother, (thanks mum) and just when I think it's cleared up it will come back with avengance. My skin is also quite sensative, and so a lot of the commercial 'spot fighting' products out there are way too strong and strip my skin leading to more spots.
A few months a go I made the decision to go natural with my skincare and make-up, and whilst this does in-deed seem to have helped dramatically I was still suffering from the odd cystic lump. I've been using Lush coalface soap, followed by an organic Green People moisturiser, and then using mineral foundation (bare mineral's made my skin worse, swapped to Lily Lolo) to cover old scars and give me an almost flawless complexion! After reading the rave reviews of Starflower oil, and seeing it in my local Tesco's for £3, (60 x 500mg) I decided to give it a try.
I bought the starflower oil about 3 weeks ago, and have been taking two capsules every day since. I have to say that the usual clump of nasty itchy red lumps that normally appear once a month decided to have a holiday this month. Instead I have noticed a couple of smaller spots, but these I can cope with and easily treat and cover. My cycle has been shorter than normal, and the tenderness, water retention, and cramps have also gone on holiday. Woo Hoo.
I am astounded by the positive affects of taking starflower oil, and the fact that it has worked so quickly too, especially considering the fact that I've only bought cheap supermarket ones. They are 500mg, hence why I've been taking two a day as the recommeneded dose is 1000mg. I spotted some in my local Wilko's the other day on offer, £2.50 for two pots containing 30 x 500mg capsules in each so bought those. If you suffer from hormonal blemishes/acne or painful/heavy cycles, then I would undoubtedly recommend giving Starflower oil supplements a try. In a month you should definitely notice a difference, I did and I will continue to take them indefinitely.
N.B. Sorry I forgot to mention that the Tesco/Wilko capsules aren't suitable for vegetarians, as they contain beef gelatine. I'm sure there are plenty of other brands out there that are though.
I have just started taking this in the 1000 mg form 6 days ago with 2600mg of evening primrose oil. Since having Swine Flu in July I have been having terrible difficulty keeping awake at work in the mornings (I am 44 far too young to be having these problems) and have generally felt under the weather. I started taking these on Friday and for the last two days at work (today being Wednesday) I have not nodded off in front of my computer screen. In fact I feel quite wide awake and alert. Quite full of energy. I also suffer from appalling breast tendernes for most of the month before my periods so I am hoping that this will help with these problems too.
I don't think it is physcological, because I had almost forgotten I was taking them when I noticed the improvement in my metablolism. These tablets are not cheap, but they are worth the money, because I am fed up of feeling down in the dumps and sleepy. I think they may also help with symptoms of SAD.
A few years ago i was attending the hospital for a breast lump i had discovered, i was in quite a bit of pain with this. After alot of investigation it was confirmed that the lump was not cancer but was tissue that was affected by my hormones, the consultant suggested i try taking 1000mg of starflower oil. The affect was amazing by the end of three months the breast had no pain at all and what was even better was that my periods where lighter and less painful,a big plus as i had always had heavy periods that lasted a week. I have been taking starflower now for 7 years it truly is great, and yes it can be expensive but it's worth every penny
I first started to take Starflower oil after a recommendation from my sister, who in turn had been recommended it by her dermatologist. She suffers from severe eczema and she swears by it, but Starflower oil also has many other uses.
It is very similar to Evening Primrose oil in that it contains GLA (Gamma Linolenic acid), an essential fatty acid that is naturally produced by the body. Many people have inadequate levels of essential fatty acids, reasons for this include the increased consumption of processed foods, glucose intolerance and ageing. Starflower oil is roughly twice as strong as Evening Primrose oil meaning you can take a smaller dose.
One of the main uses for Starflower oil is to help regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It can also help with lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing water retention, reducing inflammation of joints in arthritis sufferers, and weight loss. It is also known to help strengthen your hair and nails and keep your skin clear.
I have always suffered with PMS so this was the overriding reason for me trying this supplement. I was also interested to see if it would have any effect on my hair, nails and skin too.
Having taken it for just over a month the results are brilliant! The week leading up to my period is usually a struggle to say the least. Typical symptoms include moodiness, bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue and just a general feeling of melancholy. But this time around I felt great: no breast pain what-so-ever, drastically reduced bloating and my moods were a lot more stable. I had more energy than usual and felt upbeat.
Both my hair and nails have had a massive growth spurt (which is great as I am currently growing my hair) and they do look increasingly healthy. As for my skin, there has been an improvement there too. It was mainly my skin tone that I had a problem with and I can see that it is less blotchy and smoother already. I think I will see these benefits increase more the longer I take it.
The only downside so far is that they are quite expensive and were it not for this I would have given it five stars. I do believe it is well worth the money you pay though.
Also this supplement is not suitable for everybody and should be avoided if you are taking blood-thinning medication, have temporal lobe epilepsy or are pregnant.
1000mg of Starflower oil (borage oil) capsules provide 240mg of gamma linoleic acid (GLA) in combination with 378mg linoleic acid. You get them in capsules and they don't taste of anything. I am not an expert, but GLA helps our female hormones, which may not be working properly due to caffeine, alcohol, stress, lack of sleep, and poor diet. When our hormones don't function at their best we may have bad skin, irregular and painful periods, PMT, lethargy, headaches, and sometimes joint stiffness and dull, lifeless hair (ooo, I sound like an advert for L'Oreal!) GLA, also found in evening primrose oil in smaller quantities, is the active ingredient that is epecially good for: - hair (makes it strong and shiny) - nails (makes them grow and shine) - joints (makes them supple) and most of all: - skin (clears up spots and makes it bloom) - PMT (drastically reduces PMT and can eliminate it altogether) It takes about three months of taking 1000mg per day to achieve maximum results. I am a bit of a sceptic when it comes to taking supplements. They make more of an impression on my wallet than my wellbeing. However, after years of terrible PMT and a poor complexion I started taking Starflower oil, as recommended to me by a friend. Wow, this stuff is good! After 3 weeks I noticed my skin improving. My usual 2 weeks of PMT, including breast pain, mood swings, bloating and tiredness, followed by tremendous cramps and 8 days of heavy bleeding, was reduced to less than a week of PMT and a much lighter period, which only hurt during the first two days. I am now into my second month of taking it and people are always commenting on how much better my skin looks. Here is what Starflower oil has done for me: - dramatic improvement in skin condition (it is now soft and as flawless as it will ever be, only occasional spots just before period, less dry. - P
MT is reduced, less pain, less moody, less bloating - Nails are longer stronger and much nicer - I generally feel just a little bit happier in myself, whether this due to looking better, or even psychological, my mood has lifted altogether. Bascially, I think it is great stuff and would recommend it to anybody. It can be quite expensive, especially in Boots. I got a stash of the stuff from Holland & Barrett when they had a half price sale on. I recommend that if you spot it in the sale, then invest in some. Take it everyday. There is no recommended or maximum dose. When it get PMT I take 2000mg per day for an extra boost. If you are at the end of your teather trying to find a cure for your spots or PMT then start taking starflower oil, it is the best.