Borago officinalis – Borage
Borago officinalis; Eng: Borage, Starflower; Ita: Borragine; Swe:Gurkort.
Habitat: Europe, native in the Mediterranean region, North Africa. Borage likes sunny spots. Improves the growth of tomatoes, beans and spinach, can be grown with strawberries. Bee loving plant.
Part used: Aerial parts, flowers, seeds.
Constituents: mucilage, tannins, choline and pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The oil contains two fatty acids: gamma-linoleic acid and linoleic acid.
Actions: Adrenal gland restorative, demulcent, emollient, diuretc, refrigerant, galactagogue,anti depressive. Stimulates production of prostaglandin EI.
Medical uses: Borago officinalis is a cooling, cleansing herb used for detoxifying the system and for any condition associated with heat and congestion. The leaves have diuretic properties and the flowers promote diaphoresis, speeding up excretion of toxins via the skin and the urinary system, eliminating infections and lowering fever.Borage has a decongestant, expectorant soothing action on the respiratory system and is good for chest conditions such as astma, chest infections with catarrh and sore throat. It is especially good for children flu and cough. Borage is also useful for clearing child diseases such as measles and chickenpox. Thanks to its mucilage content, it has a demulcent action on the urinary system and the digestive system, thereby useful for gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome. Infusion of borage has been used as tonic for convalescent patients. Some herbalists use borage for people with hypertension, and anxiety. The oil of the seeds is richer in polyunsaturated fats than Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose). The oil can be used in the treatment of premenstrual discomforts, rheumatism, eczema and other chronic skin conditions; the emollient properties makes it of useful for sore and inflamed skin. Lactating mothers may combine it with fennel to promote milk production. Borage stimulates the adrenal glands this action is useful in opposing the effects of steroids, and to support the adrenal glands to produce their own steroid hormones when weaning off steroid therapy. Borage is used in the menopause for hot flushes, when the adrenal glands take over estrogen production. It was used to promote courage and as anti-melancholic.
Other uses: Can be eaten cooked as vegetable.
Energy Quality Aspects:
Astrologically ruled by Jupiter, and thus Sagittarius fire element, variable quality, Pisces water element, variable quality and of Leo fire element, solid quality.
Infusion: 1 teaspoons in one cup of hot water for 10-15 min. 2-3 times a day.
1:5 Tincture 1-3 ml in 2-3 times a day.
Externally: Apply the seed oil to the affected area.
Caution: Should not be used long term, max 3 weeks and then a break.
by Phytoart, Xilef Welner