Borage (Borago officinalis)
$10.35 – $35.10
Borage is a great diuretic that helps to eliminate toxins. It is rich in fatty acids.
Centuries ago, Europeans made a tea from the leaves by soaking them in wine to allay boredom and melancholy. However, it is not known whether this effect was attributed to the herb or to the wine. What is known is that the result would cause a significant rise in the blood-adrenaline level, producing something like a “fight or flight” response, except with the Celts, with whom it seemed to be all fight and no flight.
The Celtic name borrach meant courage and the Welsh name translates into an herb of gladness .
In 1597, the herbalist, John Gerard, extolled the virtues of the herb and said that a syrup made from the flowers helped with depression.
Borage was planted in many gardens, not only to attract bees (and hence its nickname), but also to help stimulate the growth of strawberries and to control the tomato worm, if grown near these plants.
The blue flowers were often included in page borders of herbals.
The flowers were often floated in stirrup-cups and given to Crusaders before their departure as an emblem of courage. I, Borage, bring always courage , was a familiar rhyme for centuries.
The fresh leaves were also used as a vegetable and are still included in salads and fresh fruit drinks and desserts.
The flowers were often candied and are still used that way as a decoration.
- soothes mucous membranes
- vitamin C, calcium, potassium (leaves)
- pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are toxic to the liver
- essential fatty acids (40% linoleic and 26% gamma linolenic) in the seeds only