Borage is a native plant of the Middle East that has become naturalized in Europe and the United States. ItÍs fair to say borage "grows like a weed." This useful herb grows abundantly in abandoned lawns and garbage dumps.
At one time borage was an essential herb for beekeepers, grown to help bees produce more honey. Borage is easily recognized by its white prickly hairs and bright blue, star-shaped flowers. Its dark green leaves are gently curved and its fruits consist of dark brown nutlets in groups of four.
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), beta-carotene, choline, mucilage, fiber, B vitamins, and trace minerals.
Seed, or flower and herb.
Seed oil, or flower and herb used in tinctures, teas, and encapsulations.
Borage seed oil is used as an anti-inflammatory for chronic conditions, notably arthritis, but also asthma, chronic bronchitis, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
Borage flower, stems, and leaves are used in diuretics to support treatment of urinary tract conditions and weak hearts as well as to support circulation to treat varicose veins. The herb, but not the seed oil, induces sweating and sedates.
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