Name: Borago officinalis
Names: Bugloss, burrage, common bugloss, borage,
Used: Leaves, flowers
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids, including lycopsamine, intermedine and their acetyl derivatives, with amabiline and
Choline. Allantoin is reported to be absent
Diaphoretic, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, galactogogue,
Borage acts as a restorative agent on the adrenal cortex. In other words, borage
will revive and renew the adrenal glands after a medical treatment with cortisone or steroids. There is a growing need for remedies that will aid this gland with the stress it is exposed to, both externally and internally.
Borage may be used as a tonic for the adrenals over a period of time. It may be used during fevers and especially during convalescence. It has a reputation as an anti-inflammatory herb used in conditions such as pleurisy. The leaves and seeds stimulate the flow or milk in nursing mothers. Borage contains potassium and calcium.
Borage is an annual plant that grows wild in the Mediterranean countries and is cultivated elsewhere. The hollow, bristly, branched and spreading stem grows up to 2 feet tall. The leaves are bristly, oval or oblong- lanceolate, the basal ones forming a rosette and the others growing alternately on the stem and branches. The blue or purplish, star-shaped flowers grow in loose
racemes from June to August.
Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for
10- 15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.
Tincture: take l-4ml of the tincture three times a day.
Prolonged use of borage is not advisable. No other information is available.
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