Latin Name: Borago officinalis
Key Elements: Cooling, detoxifying strengthens & tones heart
This annual is frequently grown in the vegetable or herb gardens because it attracts bees and it is said to be a good growing companion for other plants such as tomatoes while improving their flavor.
Flowers and very young leaves are edible, use quickly to prevent wilting.
How to Grow: Seeds or started plants. Self seeds freely. Full sun or light shade.
Safety: Leaf hairs may irritate skin. Use low doses, contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids that may cause liver toxicity.
Parts Used: Buds, flowers, leaves.
Preparations: Food (flowers, tender leaves), infusion, tincture, poultice, syrup (flowers).
- Strengthens and tones heart
- Heart palpitations
- Feeling of heavy-heartedness
- “Gives Courage”
- Aids in mucus elimination
- Colds, coughs, asthma, congestion, pleurisy
- Helps with grief, sadness and convalescence
- Increases urine flow
- Cleanses the body through removal of toxins through the skin and urine
- For gastric disorders
- Cools and soothes inflamed skin (leaf poultice, fresh juice or infusion), oozing sores and rashes.
- For sore irritated eyes (eye wash or compress from tea)
- Stimulates adrenal glands
- Encourages sweating
- Increases milk flow
- Reduces fevers, hot flashes
Herbal Actions: Anti-depressant, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emollient, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Tonic.
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