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Borage has long history of use in traditional medicine and cooking. Here are some of the ethnobotanical uses of borage. Borage is a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.


The leaves and flowers are used in cooking, especially in Mediterranean cuisine, as an ingredient in salads, soups, stews, and as a garnish. The flowers have a sweet, cucumber-like taste and can be used as a decorative element in drinks or desserts.


Borage has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb to treat various ailments. The leaves and flowers contain mucilage, tannins, essential oils, and other compounds with anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and expectorant properties. Borage tea is commonly used to relieve coughs, fever, and sore throat, and as a mild sedative.


Borage oil, extracted from the seeds of the plant, is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that is known for its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. Borage oil is used in skin care products to soothe dry and irritated skin, and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Borage was traditionally believed to give courage to those who consumed it. In fact, the plant's Latin name, Borago, comes from the word "corago," which means "I bring courage."


Borage was also believed to bring joy and happiness to those who consumed it. In medieval times, borage was often used as a mood enhancer and was included in drinks and foods at festive events. it is an addition to pimms o clock (Pimms and lemonade drink during summer time.)


This plant is often grown as a companion plant in vegetable gardens to attract beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, which help pollinate other plants and improve crop yields.


Overall, borage has a variety of ethnobotanical uses that make it a valuable plant for both culinary and medicinal purposes. However, it's important to note that while borage is generally considered safe when used in moderation, it can cause side effects in some people, particularly those with liver or kidney disease or who are taking certain medications. Borage contains small amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can be toxic to the liver in large amounts so moderation really is key.  As with any herbal remedy, it's best to consult with a healthcare provider before using borage for medicinal purposes.

Borage (Borago Officinalis)

  • Borage prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. It can grow in both acidic and alkaline soils. 

    Borage grows best in full sunlight, although it can tolerate partial shade.

    Borage requires regular watering to keep the soil moist, especially during hot and dry weather. However, it can tolerate periods of drought. 

    Borage does not require heavy fertilization. A light application of balanced fertilizer in the spring can be beneficial.

    Prune borage regularly to promote bushier growth. Cut back the plant by one-third after it has finished blooming.

    Borage is generally pest-free, but it can attract aphids and spider mites. If you notice these pests, spray the plant with a natural solution.

    Harvest the leaves and flowers of borage as needed. The leaves can be used fresh or dried, and the flowers can be used in salads or to garnish dishes. 



  • Untreated seeds


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