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borage

(bŏr`əj, bŭr`–), common name for the Boraginaceae, a family of widely distributed herbs and some tropical shrubs or trees characterized by rough or hairy stems, four-part fruits, and usually fragrant blossoms. Its species are most abundant in the Mediterranean area, but many are native to North America and are cultivated, e.g., the Virginia cowslip, or Virginia bluebell (Mertensia virginica), species of forget-me-not (genus Myosotis), and species of heliotropeheliotrope
[Gr.,=sun-turning] or turnsole,
name for any plant that turns to face the sun, especially members of the genus Heliotropium of the family Boraginaceae. The garden heliotrope is a valerian, and the winter heliotrope, or sweet coltsfoot, is a composite.
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 (genus Heliotropium). Freijó (Cordia goeldiana) is an important timber tree in Amazonia. The family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales.
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borage

A very hairy plant with brilliant blue star-shaped flowers that have a green star inside and a black cone in the middle. Flowers are edible and taste like cucumber, but don’t eat the leaves raw. Borage (hot) leaf tea and seed oil stimulates the adrenals and gives people a feeling of gladness, courage and confidence while reducing depression and melancholy. Tea can also be used as eyewash. Dried stems used to flavor beverages. Flowers can be used to make edible blue dye. High mucilage content makes it useful for respiratory and digestive system disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, bronchitis and coughs. Borage seed oil is very rich in polyunsaturated fats. Seeds are source of gamma linolenic acid, GLA, which regulates hormones and lowers blood pressure. Borage is a strong diuretic and helps the body detox through urine and skin (kidneys). Tea used for skin problems like boils, rashes, arthritis, rheumatism. The soothing feel-good effect also reduces heart palpitations, and adrenal stimulation helps women with menopause hormone switchover. Used in drinks, soups, dips etc. Don’t go crazy with this plant though because it has .001% pyrrolizidine, alkaloid. Don’t use if you have liver disease or problems. Plant best used fresh. Most of the benefits lost after 1 year of storage.

borage

1. a European boraginaceous plant, Borago officinalis, with star-shaped blue flowers. The young leaves have a cucumber-like flavour and are sometimes used in salads or as seasoning
2. any of several related plants
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The main purpose of the present study is to investigate the effect of the vermin-compost, biological phosphate and their combinations on the function and effective materials of the borage in the framework of the accidental complete blocks in three iterations.
Borages play an important role but there are others that from now until the first dark days of winter, will keep our bees buzzing - not to mention our hoverflies hovering and butterflies fluttering.
STIR THE BORAGE: Many members of the borage family grow well from seed.
Flaxseed oil is rich in the A omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), while black currant, borage and evening primrose oils are good sources of the omega-6 fatty acid GLA.
Above left, Borage, by WaxyJo Above right, Skateboarder, by Tony Cornish Below, Moor Street Station, by Rachel Bowler Left, Cigarette lighter, by Pauline Jones (paulinej9)
Subsequent chapters discuss various nutraceuticals (flaxseed- and borage oil, red ginseng, olive oil, garlic, pre- and probiotics, curcumin, and vitamin C); skin cancer; acne; and food allergy.
March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nordic Naturals[R] introduces Nordic GLA[TM], a vegetarian borage oil made exclusively from non-GMO cold-pressed borage seed grown in New Zealand.
4 g/d gammalinolenic acid in borage seed oil or cotton seed oil (placebo).
Borage - it's about the most effective and versatile companion plant around.
If you want to be more adventurous, try tarragon, chervil, lemon balm, borage, summer savoury and lovage.
Borage blooms generously and produces lots of seeds; sow it once and volunteers will supply all future crops.