BORAGE


Borage contains high levels of calcium & iron.
Potassium, zinc, B & C vitamins & beta carotene are packed into the borage plant making it very nutritional.

Borage is well known for its soothing qualities & has been used to treat nervous conditions.

Its natural sedative effects have been used for lifting the spirits & softening the nervous edge some people experience.

Borage works well to ease the depression & mood swings often associated with menopause & menstrual cycles as well & is a nice alternative to traditional prescription medications.

The leaves stimulate production of milk for breast-feeding mothers.

The seeds of borage reduces cardiovascular stress related to blood pressure & heart rate.

It is great for inflammation due to allergies & infection of the mucous membrane.

As an expectorant, it helps in loosening phlegm for coughs.

It's oils are rich in linoleic acid & gammalinolenic to help treat menstrual problems & chronic skin conditions.

Great for colds, flu & bronchitis.

The leaves are used as an adrenal tonic to balance & restore the health of the adrenal glands following periods of stress.

It is of particular benefit during recovery from surgery or following steroid treatment.

It will also cure a hangover.

A tea made from the leaves & flowers also promote lactation, relieve fevers & promote sweating.

Borage tea is also a good remedy for such digestive disturbances as gastritis & irritable bowel syndrome.
A poultice of crushed borage leaves will relieve insect bites & stings, reduce swelling & bruising & is also helpful for clearing up boils & rashes.
Cover with a strip of cotton gauze to hold the poultice in place. 
The poultice is soothing & healing to skin inflammations, though the prickly hairs may be irritating.

Used as an eyewash, borage relieves irritation.

Borage is a diuretic, promoting the activity of the kidneys,a demulcent, soothing raspy sore throats & an emollient.

Borage seed oil reduces cardiovascular reactivity to stress by reducing the systolic blood pressure & heart rate & by increased task performance .

It helps prevent inflammation of the gastrointestinal mucosa in cases of allergy & infection & it may also assist in iron absorption.

PRECAUTIONS:

The alkaloids in Borage have a toxic effect on the liver & should not be used for prolong periods of time or if you have tumors or are pregnant.

RECIPES:

Infusion:

pour 1 cup of boiling water over a quarter of a cup of bruised fresh leaves.
Steep for 5 minutes & strain.
The infusion can also be used as a gargle for sore throats & for tired eyes.

Poultice:

chop fresh borage leaves & stems in sufficient quantity to cover the area being treated.

Borage Tea Recipe: Steep 1 tsp dried herb in 1 cup water. Drink 3 cups a day after meals.

The flowers are edible as well & are often found candied for cake decorations or made into sweet syrups.

In Italy it is served as a side dish much like a serving of vegetables.

Young tender borage leaves add flavor of cucumber to salads.

Mature leaves can be used as a green vegetable in much the same way as spinach.

It mixes well with other greens, french beans, carrots, potato, tomato, etc.

Tender leaves used to make cool juice with added lemonade.

Borage flowers are often cooked in batter as fritters.

Borage is one of the common ingredients along with parsley, chervil, chives, watercress, sorrel & salad-burnet in the preparation of traditional German green sauce.

Fresh herb can also be added to sausages, pizza & in poultry stuffing.

Borage tea is popular refreshing drink in the European countries.

BEAUTY:


Borage is very helpful for skin conditions such as eczema, herpes, acne, gingivitis.

Make a tea of the dried herb & apply with cotton ball to affected areas.

Borage Mask for Dry Skin:

Beat together 1 egg yolk,
10 ml of almond oil &
7 fresh yeast or dried yeast mixed with a little warm water to make a paste.
Add 15 ml of strong borage infusion, made by pouring 250 ml of boiling water on to 45 ml of crushed or chopped leaves.
Smooth the mixture on to the skin & leave for 10 minutes.
Wash it off with warm water, pat dry & apply moisturizer.



MAGIC:

Borage is used in spells & incenses to bring courage & strength of character& to bring hope & lift the spirits in dark & difficult times.

The herb can be used in rituals to explore the warrior’s path, the masculine, linear side of the personality & to make a tea or oil used to consecrate weapons. The incense can be used to invoke various warrior Gods.

The herb was held as sacred by the druids.

Celtic warriors drank wine flavored with borage to give them courage in battle & many of the most noted herbalists throughout history have considered it a very effective anti-depressant for the feeling of elation it induces.

For courage, tuck a borage blossom in the pocket before any stressful situation, or drink a tea or glass of wine flavored with borage leaves.

Drinking borage tea is said to increase psychic powers & relieve symptoms of depression.



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