Borage, Borago officinalis
Parts used: Herb.
Constituents: Saponins, Mucilage, Tannins, Choline, Precursors of adrenal hormones.
Minerals: Potassium and calcium.
Actions: Diuretic, Demulcent, Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Aperient.
Indications:
Improves circulation to kidneys, skin problems, oedema.
Heart disease, bronchitis, inflammatory bronchi, infections.
Arthritis, herpes simplex.
Fevers.
Restorative to the adrenal cortex.
Externally, poultice for Inflammation.
Herbal extract: 30-60mL per week.
Energetics: Astringent, sweet, bitter, pungent, cooling. Dosha: PK- V+.
Meridians: lung, large intestine, heart, kidney, bladder.
Caution: Due to pyrrolizidine alkaloid content Borage should be used with caution.