Originating in Europe and North Africa, borage received its name for its formerly defined uses. In the language of the Celts, borrach means courage and the plant was known for its ability to ward off sadness and melancholy.
In the Middle Ages, it was used not only as a plant related to temperaments, but also as a medicinal herb and to make beverages.
This plant is multifunctional, as it has several properties in its composition that help in the recovery of trauma and the prevention of diseases in human beings. Rich in omega-6 fatty acids, borage has an anti-inflammatory action. Besides being astringent, diuretic, expectorant and laxative.
- Flu – Improves the body’s conditioning in the flu or cold and reduces symptoms such as cough, phlegm, sore throat. Going deeper, it is also indicated to alleviate lung problems, bronchitis and fever.
- Depurative – Ability to clear problems in the cardiovascular system, in addition to reducing difficulties related to the liver and kidneys.
- Emollient – Ability to soothe tissues, ideal to help de-inflammation and minimize swelling.
Borage has the ability to alleviate a number of diseases. In addition to those already mentioned, the plant keeps for itself a huge list of problems that can be cured with the use of the herb. Are they:
- Hepatical cirrhosis,
- Scarlet fever,
As the meaning of the name already suggests, borage acts in the treatment of depression, childhood hyperactivity, nervousness and premenstrual tension. Besides being a good option to alleviate cases of urinary problems, such as bladder and urinary tract catarrh, bladder burning and kidney inflammation.
In view of all these qualities, the plant is still used to relieve tumors, against premature aging, for skin blemishes and is a great ally for women who have brittle nails.
drinks with borage
Teas are produced and alcoholic beverages are improved with the use of borage. Learn how to make these liquids and thus be guaranteed a healthier life.
In a liter of boiling water, place 20 grams of each of the following herbs: borage, watercress, dandelion, smoke, wild chicory, chervil. Wait a few minutes and strain. If you prefer, you can sweeten it and drink three or four cups of tea a day.
For rheumatism, use a liter of water with 10 g of dried borage leaves and boil for half an hour. Then filter, if you prefer, sweeten and drink three to four cups a day.
In wine, you can add some fresh flowers from the plant. Leave the mixture for a week to rest. After time, strain and consume small amounts before meals.
Compresses using plant leaves
To cure gout and boils, use a handful of dried plant leaves in a very small amount of water and simmer until the liquid has completely changed. Then place the leaves on top of the gauze and squeeze, so that all the liquid contained in the leaves will come out. Finish using the gauze over the affected part.
Some studies demonstrate that borage has in its composition the so-called alkaloids, toxic substances found in the leaves of the plant. For this reason, the use of the plant is not advisable, as it is hepatotoxic and may develop some type of cancer.
To maintain care and still enjoy the benefit of this plant, it is necessary to wash the leaves or flowers well when using them and always strain the drinks before ingesting them.