The old saying goes: “I, Borage, bring always courage,” as the plant is believed to drive away sadness and melancholy, as well as comfort the heart.
Common Names: Starflower
Latin Name: Borago Officinalis
Plant Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not family)
Parts Used: Leaf, flower, seed oil
Habitat: Native to Mediterranean region; grows in common garden soil
Actions & Constituents: Anti-inflammatory, soothes respiratory problems, and helps inflamed skin because of plant’s mucilage content and emollient qualities.
Uses: Seed oil can aid in PMS, rheumatic problems, eczema, and other chronic skin conditions.
How to Prepare: The flowers can be prepared into a tea, however Borage is primarily cultivated for its seed oil.