Featured Herb of the week.
Organic Borage (Borago officinalis)

 

"It better benefit a man to know one herb in the meadow, but to know it thoroughly, than to see the  whole meadow without knowing what grows on it"  Paracelses.

 

 

Borage.
(Borago officinalis)


 

Notes. Borage makes an excellent companion plant alongside tomatoes, cabbages, and other crops, helping to ward away harmful insects and worms. It is also said to improve the yield and disease resistance of the accompanied plants.

Green foliage that resembles a thick crunchy lettuce is used as a salad green. Once used to relieve depression -- it has many Medical benefits. A good bee plant with lovely sweet-smelling delightfully blue edible flowers.

Borage is often eaten as a fresh vegetable and used in salads or as a garnish. It is likewise cultivated for its medicinal features. It has active constituents of the following: beta-carotene, choline, mucilage, gamma-linoleic acid, fiber and trace minerals. Borage leaves contain vitamin C and are rich in calcium, potassium and mineral salts.

The use and intake of borage should be avoided by pregnant women. Its long-term use is also not recommended.

Borage Tea can be taken to derive the health benefits of borage. To make the tea, pour ¼ cup of dried leaves and flowers into a cup of boiling water. Allow the mix to steep and soak for five minutes, strain, and drink.

Borage Tea Benefits have been well-known since ancient time for their potency in alleviating symptoms related to melancholy, depression and fatigue. Borage is known to have adaptogenic, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Annual

  • Medicinal

  • Culinary

     

The bright blue, star-shaped flowers (which bloom most of the summer) make borage one of the prettiest herb plants, thought the dark green leaves are rather plain. The flavor of the leaves resembles that of cucumber. The plant will grow to a height of about 18 inches, and spread about 12 inches. This hardy annual has a messy, straggling habit. It is a native of northern Europe, and grows well in the temperate regions of North America.

 

Cultivation

Borage is not a fussy plant, but the richer the soil, the bushier the plant will be. It prefers full sun, and needs protection from wind as it is easily blown over. Seeds can be sown throughout the season, and once growth is established, it will continue to seed itself. Place plants close together so they can support each other. A plant or two in an indoor pot will provide leaves all winter, but it will need lots of sun.

Borage is an excellent companion plant for tomatoes, squash and strawberries. The plant actually improves the flavor of tomatoes growing nearby.

 

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Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease.

 

 

 

  Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease.

 

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