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Borage herb – Dried Herb (bulk) (Borago officinalis )


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Borage is a common weed native to the Mediterranean region and is thought to originate from southern Spain and Morocco and is a member of the comfrey family (Boraginaceae). Other names for Borage are Starflower, Bee Bush, Bee Bread, Bugloss. The name may derive from the latin word burra, meaning hairy garment and referring to the glabourous leaves of this species. Borage leaves have been used as a potherb and in European herbal medicine since the Middle Ages and are mentioned by Pliny, Dioscorides, and Galen. An alternative explanation suggests it is a corruption of the Latin “corago” (courage), as in Gerard’s rhyme “ego borago gaudia semper ago” (I, borage, bring alwaies courage). This is in line with its reputation as an herb to dispel melancholy. Borage leaves also have been used for rheumatism, colds, and bronchitis, as well as to increase lactation in women.

Before the invention of ice, Borage was used in a cooling drink called a “cool tankard” or “claret cup” consisting of wine, water, lemon, sugar and Borage leaves and flowers. In European traditional medicine, the heart was believed to store the vital spirit and circulate it around the body via the arteries. Thus ‘heart medicines were usually medicines for the spirit —for depression and confusion. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) and Borage were specifics for matters of the heart. These remedies were also used to protect the heart from excess heat in high fevers and Borage was much favored for this.


The energetics and flavour of Borage are cool, moist, slightly sweet, salty, and mildly acrid. Borage has an affinity towards the Lungs, heart, kidneys, bladder, large intestines, adrenals, respiratory system, nervous system, digestive system, musculoskeletal system, female reproductive system. For adrenal and nervous system exhaustion combine borage with oat seed, holy basil, or ashwagandha root. For lung support combine borage with red clover, wild cherry bark, or horehound. For digestion combine borage with chamomile, meadowsweet, or licorice root.

How to use:

1 tsp of Borage to one cup of boiling water. Infuse for 15min, strain, and drink up to three cups a day.

Cautions and contraindication:

It is not recommended that Borage leaves be taken long term internally because of the concentration of pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can damage the liver. Some recommend limiting use to 4-6 weeks, others say 2-3 months at a time. Most sources specify low doses and limited use. Young leaves have been shown to contain fewer PA’s than older ones. Do not take Borage if you are taking anti-coagulants without discussing it with your doctor first. Borage can cause nausea, cramping, bloating and headache in some, although they are relatively mild. Currently, not recommended during pregnancy or lactation, but it has been traditionally used as a galactagogue. The hairs on the fresh leaves can irritate the skin



This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary


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