BORAGE - 20 Seeds
BORAGE is a bushy plant with large bristly hairy leaves and decorative blue flowers in clusters. It is called the herb of gladness for its exhilarating effect. It grows to a height of 30 - 50cm.
Borage has been used medicinally since ancient times, but not all the traditional medicinal uses of borage have been given support by medical research. The active ingredient in borage oil is Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which, after being transformed by the body into a hormone-like substance, has a number of effects. These include anti-inflammatory actions, thinning of blood vessels and vasodilation. Borage actually has the highest amount of GLA of any plant. Since ancient times, borage has been called a mood-lifting herb, however, its main health benefits have been found in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), lung function and/or decongestion, promoting the growth of premature infants and topical application to eczema dermatitis skin conditions. There may be some benefit to kidney function as the leaves have a mild diuretic function. Borage has also been used to treat fevers, diabetes, PMS, as a general detoxification herb and for a variety of other conditions.
Young borage leaves have a refreshing cucumber flavour and may be used in salads, soups, sauces and drinks, including tea infusions. There are a great many borage recipes including something for wine drinkers and even dessert lovers. It is best to pick them before flowering, so they do not develop too many prickly hairs.
Propagation notes will be supplied with a seed packet.
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