Borage

Latin Name: Borago officinalis

 Key Elements: Cooling, detoxifying strengthens & tones heart

 

borageBorage has vibrant blue-purple star shaped flowers and bristly leaves with a cucumber-like scent and flavor. Touching the leaves, it is not surprising that Borage is a member of the Comfrey family.

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.

Harvest: June-September

Parts Used: Buds, flowers, leaves.

Preparations: Food (flowers, tender leaves), infusion, tincture, poultice, syrup (flowers).

Medicinal uses:

  • Strengthens and tones heart
  • Heart palpitations
  • Feeling of heavy-heartedness
  • “Gives Courage”
  • Bronchitis
  • Aids in mucus elimination
  • Colds, coughs, asthma, congestion, pleurisy
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Exhaustion
  • Helps with grief, sadness and convalescence
  • Increases urine flow
  • Cleanses the body through removal of toxins through the skin and urine
  • For gastric disorders
  • Jaundice
  • 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.

 

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

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