Materia Medica: Borage

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Botanical/Common Name:

Borago officinalis/ Borage, Common Bugloss, Star Flower

Family:

Boraginaceae

Hardiness Zone:

Annual

Height/Width:

18-30 in./ 12 in.

Parts Used:

Leaves, Flowers, Seeds

Taste/Smell:

Sweet, bitter and pungent

Tendencies:

Astringent, cooling, moist

Indications:

Improves kidney function, skin problems, bronchitis, inflammatory chest congestion, infections. It is also good for arthritis, anxiety, fevers and it helps restore proper adrenal gland function. Can be used externally for inflammation.

Contraindications:

Do Not Use During Pregnancy/Nursing

Uses:

Diuretic, Demulcent, Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Aperient, Expectorant

Dosage:

Infusion:1 cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and infuse for l0-l5 minutes or tincture: l-4ml of the tincture three times a day.

 

Interactions:

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids content indicates the need to use with caution. Can cause liver damage if overused.

 

 

*I am not a doctor. All content is intended for informational purposes.

Sources: Healthy.net, NZWellness.co.nz

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