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Herb Information
Name: Borage
Biological Name: Borago officinalis

Boraginaceae

Other Names: Bugloss, burrage, common bugloss, borage,
Parts Used: Leaves, flowers
Active Compounds:
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Pyrrolizidine alkaloids, including lycopsamine, intermedine and their acetyl derivatives, with amabiline and supinine.

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Choline. Allantoin is reported to be absent

Remedies For

Diaphoretic, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, galactogogue, nervine.

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.

Description:

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.

Dosage: 

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.

Safety: Prolonged use of borage is not advisable. No other information is available.

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