Sumer is Here - Cool off with Borage
There are many herbs in our gardens which come into their own in Summer. Borage or Starflower is one of those plants. Borage a beautiful flowering plant that grows in the wild in the Mediterranean and in our own gardens.
Borage is a great source of essential fatty acids (EFA,s) which are body's need for good health. EFA's improve hair and nail growth and appearance. Borage also has high levels of Gamma-linolenic Acid GLA's another important essential fatty acid which helps growth. Borage also has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for it's calming properties in depression.
Borage is also packed with other healthy nutrients that are great for the body. Borage is a good herbal supplement for women because it contains high levels of calcium and iron, nutrients many women are deficient in. Potassium, Zinc, B and C vitamins, and beta-carotene are packed into the borage plant making it very nutritional.
How to use Borage
Borage is used widely in Europe as a herbal supplement as well as a food product. The Flowers are a striking blue and shaped like a star, hence the name. The flowers are edible and look great in a salad but are often candied for cake decorations or made into sweet syrup. The Romans would mix borage tea and wine prior to combat, most likely to fortify themselves for the battle. In this warm weather, there is nothing better to refresh you than a glass of Borage Water. Pick the leaves just as the are growing so they are at their best. Place them in a jug of water with and keep in the fridge or add Ice. You can also add mint or lemon to taste. Borage has a taste similar to cucumber.
As with any herb, Borage should not be taken internally on a long-term basis and should not be used with anticoagulants without consulting a GP.
Complementary Therapist, Aromatherapist and Herbalist