The Healing Powers Of
The borage flower (Borago officinalis) is well known
for its lovely blue color. The flowers have been used since
Elizabethan times for both decoration and for its healing
Recent modern research has shown that the plant may actually
stimulate the adrenal glands, encouraging the production of
adrenaline, that famous 'fight or flight' hormone that is
responsible for getting our bodies geared up during the most
stressful times in our lives.
Herbalists describe the character of the borage flower
itself as cold, moist, and slightly sweet. The leaves and
flowers are known to contain saponins, tannins, mucilage,
vitamin C, potassium and calcium.
The seeds of the borage plant are known to contain essential
fatty acids, including y-linolenic acids and cis-linoleic
The fresh blue flowers of the borage plant have been
traditionally used to decorate salads and other foods, and the
flowers were also used to make syrups that were used to treat
coughs and colds. However, the leaves of the borage plant have
been more of a mainstay in medicinal medicine than the pretty
The leaves of the plant are described as fleshy and coarse,
and they have been traditionally used to treat stress or to
counter the effects of steroid therapy. The leaves can also be
used dry in a variety of herbal remedies. For instance, the dry
leaves of the borage plant can be used to treat dry, lingering
They can also be used to stimulate milk flow. The leaves of
the borage plant can also be used to treat the early feverish
stages of whooping cough or pleurisy. Traditional herbalists
recommend that the borage plant leaves be harvested throughout
the growing season.
The seeds from the borage plant are also used in traditional
herbal medicine. The oil extracted from the borage plant seeds
are often used as an alternative to the popular evening
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The oil extracted from the borage plant seeds is often used to
treat problems associated with menstrual disorders as well as
rheumatic disorders. The oil extracted from the borage plant
seeds is considered to be soothing and healing and is also
recommended for use externally, where it can be applied to
treat eczema. Borage oil is now commonly available commercially
in capsule form.
The leaves of the borage plant can be infused
and taken as a hot tea to treat lung disorders and feverish
colds. Mothers who are lactating can combine this infusion with
fennel to stimulate milk flow. The leaves of the borage plant
can also be pulped to create a fresh juice.
The leaves of the Burdock plant are most
commonly used to create a healing tonic for
common stomach complaints, including
indigestion and overall digestive weakness.
Naturopaths and herbalists recommend 10 ml of
juice three times a day to treat grief, anxiety or depression.
The leaves of the borage plant can also be diluted into equal
parts water to create a lotion to treat dry skin or rashes.
Capsules of borage oil can be taken daily as a supplement to
treat skin problems such as acne and eczema. They may also be
taken to help treat the symptoms of rheumatoid