Borage, Borago officinalis, also called starflower, is a beautiful plant with small blue flowers that grows wild in regions of the Mediterranean. Although it is an annual plant it reseeds itself, coming up year after year. In areas around Genoa, Italy the leaves, with a cucumber-like taste, are served as a side dish or pasta filling. The flower, with its honey-like taste is often used to decorate desserts or fancy cocktails.
Borage has a natural soothing effect that helps lift the spirits and decrease nervous anxiety. It also has a natural sedative effect that helps relax the mind and body.
A poultice of crushed borage leaves can be used to treat irritated or inflamed skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, pimples and insect bites.
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