Borage acts as a restorative agent on the adrenal cortex, which means that it will revive and renew the adrenal glands after a medical treatment. There is a growing need for remedies that will support this gland with the stress it is exposed to, both externally and internally. Borage may be used as a tonic for the adrenals over a period of time. It may be used during fevers and especially during convalescence. It has a reputation as an anti-inflammatory herb used in conditions such as pleurisy. The leaves and seeds stimulate the flow of milk in nursing mothers.
Plant Family: Boraginaceae
Species: Borage officinalis
Part Used: Dried leaves
Collection: The leaves should be gathered when the plant is coming into flower in the early summer. Strip each leaf off singly and reject any that are marked in any way. Do not collect when wet with rain or dew.
Constituents: Saponins, mucilage, tannins
Actions: Diaphoretic, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, galactagogue, diuretic, emollient
Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drinking this three times a day is optimal.
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