Borage is a freely seeding, easy growing annual plant with vivid blue flowers and leaves with the flavor of cucumbers. It is consider an herb, but is often grown as a flower in vegetable gardens where it attracts pollinating bees and is considered a good companion plant for tomatoes, squash and strawberries. It’s even supposed to deter tomato hornworms and improve the flavor of tomatoes growing nearby.
Borage is actually a somewhat gangly plant, but you barely notice it because the star-shaped  flowers are so vibrant. They’re a true blue, hanging in downward facing clusters. Even the fuzzy white buds are attractive. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible, with a cucumber-like flavor. Use the leaves while they are young, because as the plant matures, the stalks and leaves become covered with a prickly fuzz.
Their cucumber like taste, is good in salads and sandwiches. Try these lovely flowers in your iced tea, for a cooling effect on a hot day.

Borage flowers and leaves are used used in salads, tea preparation and in cooking.
Borage is rich in essential fatty acids such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) or omega-6 fatty acid that has been studied to promote joint restoration, healthy skin, and boosts immunity.
Borage has high levels of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. the Vitamin C in borage makes it valuable for its anti-oxidant property while vitamin A is known to promote good eye sight.
Borage as diuretic. Borage is used to remove excess liquid from the body, and is believed to help remove toxins.
Borage as sudorific. Borage is known to contain choline that stimulates the glands that produce sweat and cools the body. Because of this cooling property of borage, it is used to treat fever, bronchitis, colds and flu.
Borage is also used to treat arthritis. Borage is rich in essential fatty acids that help to relieve pain associated with arthritis.
Borage is known to have sedative action. Borage contains niacin or nicotinic-acid that may have positive effects against anxiety, stress and nervousness.
Another disease that may be caused by lack of fatty acids is macular degeneration. Borage may also be used for the prevention and treatment of macular degeneration.
Borage is also being studied on its effect to breast cancer.
Borage is rich in omega-6 fatty acid that is found to have positive effect against breast tumor growth.
Borage is also used in the treatment of prostate gland inflammation such as prostatitis.
Borage promotes digestion and helps to relieve stomach aches such as gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Borage is used to treat skin infections and inflammation such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, pimples, herpes, nail fungus, etc.
A poultice of crushed Borage leaves is also used to relieve insect bites and stings, reduce swelling and bruising and is also helpful for clearing up boils and rashes.
Borage tea is also used to promote milk production for lactating mothers
Borage is also used to treat hangover


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    May 2013