Borage

A shrub with dark ovate leaves with toothed margins. Bears beautiful pink-red flowers in summer. Attracts bees and is therefore a great companion to other insect pollinated herbs. Grow in compost rich soil and water well. Prune in late autumn. Semi-dormant in winter. Shrub. H:80cm W:80cm 12cm, 17cm


 

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In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
•Annual, Half Hardy,
•Bears star-shaped, bright blue flowers in summer.

Height:
•±1 m; Spread: ±80 cm.

Cultivation:
•Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.

Harvesting:
•Pick fresh leaves and flowers throughout the year,
•Flowers can also be frozen in ice cubes and crystallized.

Companion Planting:
•Will attract Butterflies and Bees. A rich source of food for bees.
•Vegetables: Plant with Beans, Tomatoes, Squash.

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Culinary use:

•Use the Cucumber-flavoured Borage leaves and flowers with:
•Salads, Cheese, Crystallize for cake decorations, Pickles, Sandwiches, Yoghurt, add to Ravioli stuffing,
•Cook as a spinach or with spinach,
•Add to Cold drinks for their cucumber flavour and cooling effect,
•Candy the flowers for cake decoration and desserts.

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Health benefits:

Borage may be beneficial in the following cases:

General
•Topical in eye washes,
•High Calcium, Potassium and mineral salt content. Use in a salt-free diet.

Nervous System
•Stress, Mental exhaustion, Mild depression.

Endocrine System
•Strengthen adrenal glands weakened by intake of steroids (cortisone, etc).

Skin
•Dry skin conditions, Ringworm,
•Also use as Poultice.

Respiratory System
•Fevers, Bronchial infections (including pleurisy and tuberculosis),
•Mouth and throat infections (gargle, mouthwash),
•Chronic catarrh.

Liver
•Cirrhosis.

Digestive system
•Prevent inflammation of the stomach and intestines in cases of toxicity, allergy and infection,
•Colitis, Gastritis, Gastric ulcer,

Preparation and dosage:
TEA:
• 1 cup three times per day.

TINCTURE:
• 5 - 10 ml in water, three times per day,