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Borage – Herbal Remedy

Borage Herbal Remedy
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Borage (Borago officinalis)

Borage was used extensively by the Greeks and Romans as a heart sedative. In the Middle Ages this herb was added to wine to dispel melancholic thoughts. Officinalis denotes that it has been used medicinally for many years. 

Other names: Burrage

Description and the places it grows in

A large plant with blue-shaped flowers found throughout Europe and North America. 

Parts used

Leaves and flowers.


Diuretic, demulcent, emollient, refrigerant.

Rheumatoid arthritis: The Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) in borage oil is thought to reduce joint swelling.

Skin conditions: Eczema and psoriasis respond well to this herb. Borage oil is used topically to treat these conditions.

Convalescence: Can be eaten raw when the leaves have been candied. 


Gamma linolenic acid (GLA).


Seeds contain small amounts of liver toxins, therefore, this herb should not be used by women who are pregnant and by those who have schizophrenia. Minor side effects include, bloating, nausea, indigestion, and headaches.

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