Borage Borago officinalis
"I, Borage, always bring gladness."
- ancient Latin proverb
Spirits need a lift? Borage has a reputation for easing depression and melancholy. It is also believed to soothe the body's mucous membranes, suppress inflammation and help ease arthritis and rheumatism. The herb is known to be rich in gamma linolenic acid, the Omega-6 Fatty Acid that is as essential for overall health as vitamins.
Borage contains calcium, potassium, fatty acids, and mineral acids necessary for cardiovascular function and healthy skin and nails. Borage also has cooling actions and is used as a blood cleanser for detoxifying the system and for any condition associated with heat and congestion. Borage promotes sweating and has diuretic, demulcent, and emollient properties as well. Borage oil is thought to be a gland balancer that regulates hormonal systems and is said to be effective in helping relieve menstrual/menopausal problems, especially with the mood swings and depression. This herb is used to reduce the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. This is caused for Borage has an anti inflammatory history, it is said to be able to help suppress inflammation of the mucous membranes throughout the body. It can be used for treating catarrh, sore throats, and chest infections. Borage works well as a remedy for gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As a tonic this herb calms palpitations and boosts the immune system during convalescence and exhaustion. It is also said to help relieve grief and sadness. Borage tea is taken to clear skin problems such as eczema, boils, measles, chickenpox, and rashes. The leaves can be used in a poultice for inflammatory swellings. The leaves and seeds increase milk supply in nursing mothers.