Borage (Borago officinalis)
Parts used: Leaves, flowers, seed oil
Borage can be very soothing with bronchitis and for digestive issues. It helps to stimulate the kidneys and dispose of feverish catarrh. One other benefit of Borage is that it stimulates the adrenal glands. Some herbals say that it is good for restoring vitality after an illness. It soothes the mucus membranes of the throat and mouth. Borage tea can be used as an eyewash to help sore eyes. It also aids in the production of mother’s milk during lactation.
Borage is also an emollient so the tea is also great for scraps, scratches and inflamed skin. The flowers induce sweating and the leaves are diuretic. The oil in the seeds are superior to Evening Primrose oil in the amount of polyunsaturated fats. Borage seed oil is used for rheumatism, eczema, chronic skin disorders and premenstrual problems.
Cautions to note: never use borage unless you have consulted with a professional. Never take internally unless you have consulted an herbalist or homeopathic doctor
Bladder, blood purifier, bronchitis, catarrh, colds, digestion, eye inflammation, fever, jaundice, insomnia, lactation, nerves, pleurisy, rashes, worms