Borage is a flowing herb. I planted it in the strawberry bed to bring pollinators to the garden and hopefully to use it for it's herbal properties. I did not expect it to be one of my favorite plants in the garden. It's quite beautiful.
|You can see the foliage looks weed like.|
|The flowers are indigo and star shaped.|
|It's pretty nerdy how much I think this flower is amazing!|
- The Romans steeped the flowers in wine. They believed that it gave them courage. (I think it gives my beans courage to grow big.)
- To reduce a fever, you can steep a tablespoon of chopped leaves in one cup boiled water and drink.
- Edible flowers used by colonial woman to decorate soups and salads.
- American colonial people relieved back pain with a syrup of yarrow, borage, and brandy and then drunk with gun powder (Seems like enough of this would cure any pain).
- Also called comfrey
- To enhance mothers milk, drink a tonic of 1 Tbsp. crushed fennel seeds, 1 Tbsp. red raspberry leaves, and 2 Tbsp. chopped borage leaves. Steep in 2 cups boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain and drink a cup daily.
- For relief from varicose veins, use a compress made from witch hazel bark, marigold flowers, yarrow leaves, borage leaves or roots, burnet root, and horse chestnut. (If you want the exact recipe, leave a message and I will post.
- Ancient greeks also believed that borage cleaned the body after illness by eating the leaves. They grew three different varieties.
- Leaves and flowers steeped in wine to drive away melancholy (hmmmm....duh.)
- Leaves made into a poultice to help heal bruises.
- Flowers are made into conserves to alleviate hoarseness
- Roots, after a thorough cleaning are steeped in oil and applied to gangrene or staph skin infections.
- The Asians used herbs in fortune cookies instead of little papers. Getting borage meant that you would have the courage of your convictions.
- Self seeding
- Seeds can be used in a compress to heal the skin
- Attracts bees to your garden
- The affirmation of encouragement that borage symbolizes is, 'I learn to stand on my own.'