Common Name: Borage
Latin Name: Borago officinalis
Annual/Perennial: Annual, reseeds readily in Zone 5
Sun/Shade: Sun to part shade, sandy soil
Height/Width: 2-3 ft tall and wide, shrubby, (underplant with strawberries)
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Fall, blue flowers
Parts of Plant Used: fresh or dried leaves, stem, flowers, seeds
Medicinal Benefits: depression, fevers, bronchitis, poultices, pain, swelling, nervine, expectorant, dieuretic, mild laxative, digestive system, jaundice remedy, tonic, nervine, increases milk when nursing, ringworm, courage herb, tonic for adrenal glands, anti-inflamatory, and pleurisy.
Ways to Use: tea, salad herb, infusion, tincture, cider vinegar tincture, syrup, elixir, honey
Tea – Pour 8 ounces of just under boiling, purified water over 2 teaspoon of the dried leaves and steep for 10-15 minutes or to taste. Sweeten with honey if needed
Tincture – 1-4 ml of prepared tincture, 3x a day.
Candied Flowers – 1 egg white, a few drops of water, 1 cup sugar. Lightly whip mixture with a wisk. Dip flower in mixture or paint mixture onto flower with a brush. Allow to dry completely on wax/parchment paper. Use to decorate a cake or cupcakes, add to a summer salad, freeze in ice cube tray (1 flower per cube) and add to lemonade or ice tea.