Borage seed oil is a medicinal oil used in the treatment of skin disorders and other diseases; it is also available in capsule form. It is extracted from the seed of the borage plant. Borage seed oil is used to remedy eczema, sebhorreic dermatitis, and neurodermatitis, according to WebMD.
Borage seed oil is also used in the treatment of arthritis, premenstrual syndrome, attention deficit disorder, alcoholism and general inflammation. Borage oil contains an anti-inflammatory fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid. It is the high level of gamma-linolenic acid that makes this oil effective in alleviating pain and swelling, according to Whole Health Chicago. Borage oil is used topically to treat skin disorders.