Borage (Borago officinalis)!!!! Mmm... These beautiful blue blooms are mighty special treats. They have a delightful cooling cucumber flavour that makes them a wonderful addition to any salad or fresh dish! Oooh... But did you know that you can also eat the leaves? They are quite hairy which makes them unpleasant whole, but chopped up, they can be enjoyed raw or cooked! They too have the delightful cucumber flavour.
Many folks also enjoy making a refreshing tea from the leaves/flowers. They should always be used fresh because they loose colour and flavour when dried.
Borago is diuretic, diaphoretic, febrifuge, demulcent, expectorant, and sedative in actions. It has many more as well, but those are the main ones it's used for. Fevers, urinary tract irritation, healing skin and mucus membranes, and easing anxieties! :) Caution is advised due to the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids contained within the plant. Chronic use and high acute doses are to be avoided to prevent liver toxicity.
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