borago officinalis


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Related to borago officinalis: Cichorium intybus
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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.
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Irrigation Periods and Fe, Zn Foliar Application on Agronomic Characters of Borago officinalis, Calendula Officinalis, Thymus vulgaris and Alyssum desertorum.
Por otra parte, las especies Borago officinalis, Cynoglossum amabile y Myosotis azorica son especies de origen holartico, actualmente introducidas o naturalizadas en America.
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But remember that any plant that self-seeds will grow where it wants to, not where you want it: Borago officinalis (borage), Calendula officinalis (marigold, pot marigold), Iberis umbellata (candytuft), Tropaeolum cus.