The Starflower Herb, Borage

Latin Name: Borago officinalis

Common Name: Borage

What is Borage? Borage is a beautiful herb with bright blue star-shaped flowers and hairy leaves. People have used it for centuries for its culinary and medicinal properties.

Traditional Herbal Information

In herbalism, borage was valued for its ability to uplift the spirits and bring courage. People brewed it into teas to relieve stress, anxiety, and sadness. It was also used to support heart health and promote overall well-being.

Modern Applications

Today, borage is still prized for its many uses. Here are some modern applications:

Stress Relief: Borage is an herbal remedy for stress and anxiety. It may help calm the nerves, reduce tension, and improve mood.

Heart Health: Borage seed oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties. It may help support heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Skin Care: Borage oil is used topically to soothe dry, irritated skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It helps moisturize the skin and reduce inflammation.

Culinary Uses: Borage leaves and flowers are edible and can be used in salads, soups, and beverages. They add a mild cucumber-like flavor and a pop of color to dishes. In addition, they are beautiful and add a decorative touch.


Uses and Benefits: Borage offers several health benefits.

  • Relieve stress, anxiety, and sadness. It is often used in flower essences and herbal teas. Borage is used as a sedative and a diuretic, and as a treatment for seizures and kidney disease.
  • Support heart health and reduce inflammation. It can be added to baked dishes as decoration (the flowers) and salads.
  • Borage seed oil is a natural oil that is good for many things. It can help with skin problems like eczema and rashes. It can also help with diseases like arthritis and diabetes. Some people use it to help with stress and attention problems.

Contraindications: While borage is generally safe, there are a few things to consider:

Liver Health: Borage contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), which can be toxic to the liver in high doses. It’s best to avoid consuming large amounts of borage or borage supplements. Additionally, it is never a bad idea to consult with an herbal professional if you are worried about this.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid borage due to its potential effects on the liver and developing fetus or infant.

Allergies: Some individuals may be allergic to borage or other plants in the Boraginaceae family. Allergic reactions may include skin rash, itching, or difficulty breathing.

In conclusion, borage is a versatile herb with a long history of use in traditional and modern medicine. Whether used to relieve stress, support heart health, or soothe skin conditions, it shines as a starflower herb for health and wellness.

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