“Bee and Borage” by gentleworks on deviantArt
Medicinal, Culinary and Household Uses for Borage
Borago officinalis: Borage or Starflower. Also known as Beebread, Tailwort or Bugloss.
Parts Used: Blossoms, leaves, stem, roots and seeds.
Take caution eating borage, as large doses of the plant can cause harm to the liver. Seeds can be saved easily, and if left alone borage readily self-seeds. Seeds can be attained from most herb distributors. I use and recommend company Botanical Interests. Seeds can also be attained from private merchants local to your area on Etsy.
1. Plant borage as a companion near to garden vegetables. Borage steers away harmful insects and worms. They attract pest-killing wasps. Due to their rough hairs on both stems and leaves, the herb is not especially desirable by crawling insects. For tomatoes, they repel hornworms. For others, they protect from cabbage moths. Later the large withered leaves make a rich mulch that cools the soil.
2. Borage is known as “beebread” for good reason. There is a lot of talk lately of the disappearance and disturbance of bees. Borage however has long been used to attract our lovable pollinators. Its nectar is said to produce some of the most delicious honey.
3. Fresh borage is an ancient culinary jewel. Pick the leaves when young and serve in salads for a cucumber-like flavor. Chop or boil the more mature and hairier leaves. The bright blue blossoms make a great addition atop yogurt, frozen in cubes for tea, or candied for cakes. They are wonderful in a homemade salad dressing for that refreshing cucumber taste, while the acid in the vinegar turns the flowers pink. The stems can be cut and cooked like celery. The roots are used to flavor wine. Steep fresh cutting with mint in cold water overnight and drink for a comforting beverage.
4. The herb contains essential fatty acids and B vitamins. Borage contains gamma-linoleic acid, or GLA, which is classified as an omega-6 fatty acid. Supplements made from the herb sooth inflammations (specifically arthritis) and manage moods. The properties are especially beneficial for women suffering from symptoms during menstruation. They contain high calcium content.
5. Add borage to a campfire for a display of sparks. Dried borage leaves contain about 3% KN03, or potassium nitrate. When burned, they cause popping.
Thank you for reading, and good luck in your liberation from consumerism!
❤ Nellie Ann
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