Borage plant from the family of Boraginaceae which includes a variety of herbs, trees and shrubs and has more that 2000 species around the world is being used for several medicinal uses and also it is known as an oil seed. This Mediterranean flowering plant that has now spread to Europe,North America and some parts of Asia is considered for its health benefits and medical use. Many people grow borage in their gardens. Additinally it is a good supply of nectare for bees.
How is borage being used ?
As mentioned above, beside being considered as an oilseed and its commercial use, borage leaves and flowers can be used fresh in salad or as a garnish. The flower taste is sweet and has ornamental use for decorating cocktails or desserts. Borage is largely used as dried herb and can be brewed as tea. The herbal tea can be made easily and can be used up to three cups a day.
What is borage good for?
Borage is considered for having lots of health benefits. There were lots of traditional remedies which used borage for increasing urine flow, chronic kidney and lung inflammation, pnemonia, tuberclosis and depression. Another traditional use of borage is to help itchy skin,wounds and eczema. For these problems borage is used externally.
Borage tea can help treat acne and reduce fever. It is also good for treating coughs, flu, colds, sore throat and some respinatory tract infetions. Moreover, Borage tea is used as a sedative and many people drink borage to have a better sleep quality. The borage tea is sometimes used to cure hangover.
In manufacturing borage is use for skin care products. The Borage oil can be helful for regulating hormonal system, reducing blood pressure and choletrerol level and also improving the immune system.
Making borage is quite easy, you need a cup of boiling water and 1-2 teaspoone of borage. Let it soak for about 10 minutes. Borage tea is ready!
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