Borage: Sweet Herb of Joy

Borage is best known as a sweet herb of the spirit, in more ways than one.  Known for producing sumptuous honey, borage also has been known to have mood-elevating effects.  A friend to the spirit and the palette, borage is a valued addition to every home and garden.

What to look for:
Borage, according to Botanical.Com, is a tall, thick plant that offers ebullient star-shaped flowers of blue; complete with ebony beauty spots in the form of black anthers that form a decorative cove at the center of the flower. The herb’s plant, by contrast, has a rough, stiff ivory sheen, and produces brownish-black fruit.  The full plant is covered by stiff, prickly hairs.

How Mother Nature loves it:
The herb of Borage does not require special or extensive care.  It flourishes in ordinary soil, and is a self-seeding herb that tends to spout year after year.  Seeds can be grown virtually any time of year.

How to use it:
A staple in many kitchen gardens, borage is known as a producer of quality honey.  Its leaves are used in salads, and—when combined with sweet ingredients—makes for a stellar summer drink.  Used as an active ingredient in wine, cider and claret cup, borage is acknowledged for its exhilarating, revitalizing, spirit-lifting effects.

By interesting contrast, moms and grandmas have been known to candy borage flowers for use in culinary delights.

Medicinally, borage has a time-honored reputation as a healing herb.  It has been known to fight fever, jaundice, consumption, pulmonary complaints, itch, ringworm, ulcers, sore throat, and rheumatism.  Borage contains potassium and calcium, and has saline qualities that explain its invigorating features, and makes it effective in the battle against depression-related conditions.  Borage is also known as a diuretic (as it promotes good kidney functioning), demulcent and emollient.  It is even used externally to soothe the effects of inflammatory swelling in the skin and eye areas.

At some point in history, borage was even deemed effective in counteracting the effects of ‘serpent venom;’ though that particular use may not be as widespread today!

In addition, borage seed oil is widely known for its many and widespread soothing, therapeutic effects.  Through the years, borage also has been used as a means of comfort and therapy for persons battling long illnesses, and even once eased the effects of swooning; in times when ‘swooning’ was a frequent occurrence among delicate members of society.

While not a household name, borage is an herb of joy that would be an excellent addition to any home or kitchen garden, or to any pantry or medicine cabinet.  Experience the elevating, healing, invigorating effects of this magical herb.  Pick up some borage today!

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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