Herb of the Day: Borage

A favorite food for bees, a delicious addition to a salad and an herb beloved by herbalist, borage is a great plant to know about!

This beautiful star-shaped flower is gaining popularity as bees have an affinity for it.  Documented use has been found all the way back to Ancient Greece and was once used extensively throughout Europe.  Borage is often used in small batch liquors and cordials largely due to its fresh flavor and cooling ability.  When used fresh borage tastes like cucumbers and is often added to salads, soups, and other dishes.  The flowers are sweet and often used as a garnish.  Herbalists use borage internally and externally for a number of remedies.

Traditional Uses

  • Fever
  • Heart
  • Increasing Breastmilk Supply
  • Ulcers
  • Snake and Insect Bites
  • Phlegm

The Plant

Naive to the Mediterranean Borage is now found in warm climates around Europe and the US.   A somewhat awkward plant growing up to 3 feet tall with hairy stems and leaves, it is the flower that makes borage famous.  Borage flowers are a brilliant blue and hang downward.  Plant borage from seed in full sun and water regularly. Borage will flower from late Spring through Summer, attracting honeybees to your garden! Harvest at any time, but be mindful that older leaves can develop a bad texture.

TriLight Health and Borage

 

Borage is found in Original Herbal Minerals, and MegaMam

 

Hannah says this about Original Herbal Minerals

"I found out my body was not properly absorbing minerals and nutrients due to a previously-undiagnosed gluten intolerance, and I started taking this (in conjunction with the Tri-Iron formula, as I was also deficient in iron) as a way to offer a more bio-available source of minerals to my body. The blood work they did at the start of this pregnancy came back at normal levels! It's very easy to take, and I love that it was safe to use while I was still nursing my son, and I have continued to take it during this pregnancy. I usually mix it in with my morning glass of kefir. :)" HannahI found out my body was not properly absorbing minerals and nutrients due to a previously-undiagnosed gluten intolerance, and I started taking this (in conjunction with the Tri-Iron formula, as I was also deficient in iron) as a way to offer a more bio-available source of minerals to my body. The blood work they did at the start of this pregnancy came back at normal levels! It’s very easy to take, and I love that it was safe to use while I was still nursing my son, and I have continued to take it during this pregnancy. I usually mix it in with my morning glass of kefir. :)

Amy loves MegaMam

"This has really helped my supply to quickly increase when tandem nursing my children. I have recommended this to a lot of mamas. I have seen results in as little as 24 hours after starting MegaMam." AmyThis has really helped my supply to quickly increase when tandem nursing my children. I have recommended this to a lot of mamas. I have seen results in as little as 24 hours after starting MegaMam.

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Have you ever used Borage?

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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