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Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information

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Borage (Borago officinalis)
Photo: Borage (Borago officinalis) A mucilaginous, hairy blue-flowered European annual herb long used in herbal medicine and eaten raw as salad greens or cooked like spinach. The leaves flavor sauces and punches; young leaves eaten in salads or cooked.

Use: leaves, flowers

An excellent container plant, borage grows about a foot and a half high, with beautiful star-shaped blue-purple flowers.

The (somewhat hairy) leaves are excellent in salads, reminiscent of cucumber and the flowers make a gorgeous garnish. As a tea, borage is good for the circulatory system, and a diuretic.

Ground into a paste an applied as a plaster, or in a poultice, Borage is used as a remedy for sprains, swelling, inflammations (demulcent esp. in France) abrasions, and as a diaphoretic.

The gamma linolenic acid (GLA) from borage is one of the few items that has shown promise in preventing hangovers (16373736).

Used for:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Acne
  • Pre-menstrual Syndrome
  • Diuretic
  • Arthritis
  • Circulation
  • Boils
  • Astringent
  • Eczema
  • Rheumatism
  • Cardiovascular system


Essential Oil Cold pressed Borage seed oil is used as a carrier oil with an added bonus of Omega-6 fatty acids. It can also be ingested (see your health practitioner for dosage).
It is an anti-inflammatory, and astrigent. When massaged into the skin, Borage oil helps ease rheumatoid pains, PMS symptoms, and blemishes (including acne and eczema). Massage it into your scalp to nourish your hair follicles.

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