Borage

(Borago officinalis)


  

Borage is cultivated in gardens quite often as a spice for salads.

The hairy leaves look rather rough but the beautiful blue flowers look very friendly.

The taste of the Borage fits very good to cucumbers and salads.

As a herbal remedy Borage is used to treat nervous heart problems and depression.

Borage is also used against digestive problems and to strengthen the metabolism.

Used externally Borage can help to treat bad healing wounds, furuncles and rashes.


Medicinal Uses

  • Heart weakness
  • Melancholy
  • Calming
  • Detoxicating
  • Inflammation-inhibitory
  • Softening
  • Mucus-dissolvent
  • Sudorific
  • Cough
  • Fever sinking
  • Constipation
  • Gout
  • Rheumatism
  • Heart trouble
  • Nervous heartproblems
  • High blood-pressure
  • Depressions
  • Nervous weakness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Menstrual complaints
  • Eczemas
  • Rashes
  • Bad healing wounds
  • Furuncle

Information

Used Parts:Leaves, Flowers
Substances:Alantoin, Tannic acid, Tannic essence, Mucilage, Saponins
Time to collect:June until August


Methods

Borage can be used as a tea or been eaten fresh.

The main use of Borage as a herbal remedy is against nervous heartproblems.

Tea

To prepare a Borage tea pour one cup of boiling water over one or two spoonful of dried Borage leaves.

Wait for five up to ten minutes, than filter the tea and drink it slowly.

You can drink one up to three cups of Borage tea each day.

Internal use

Borage can be used internally against nervous problems of the heart.

It also helps against depression in mild cases.

You can use Borage also to ally digestive problems and the flu.

External use

Borage tincture or tea can be used external as poultice, in washings or as bath.

This can help against rashes, furuncles and eczemas.

Kitchen

In the kitchen borage is used in salads and fresh cheese.



Plant description

Borage is at home in the Near East, but it spreaded al over Europe as a cultivated plant.

Borage can grow up to 50 centimeters high.

It is an annual plant.

The stem of the Borage is hairy.

The leaves are shaped like eggs. They are hairy too.

From june to august the flowers are blossoming. They are blue, small and quite beautiful with five petals.



  


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