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Wholesale Borage

Borago officinalis
plant overview
courageous borage

Borage is a hardy and beautiful plant that is now naturalized throughout most of Europe. While the herb is frequently grown in home kitchen and ornamental gardens, it is also cultivated to encourage bee populations and to reap the rewards in the form of exceptional honey. The bright blue, star-shaped flowers are added fresh to salads, punch and other beverages, and are candied or made into syrup. Both flower and leaf have a flavor profile slightly similar to cucumber. Dried borage herb, which consists of the aerial parts of the plant, makes an excellent addition to tea blends.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information about borage

Borage is an annual weed plant, of the Boraginaceae family, that is hairy and grows to approximately 1 ½ to 2 feet high. Some Borage leaves are oval and grow on the stem and branches while others are rosette-shaped.

It grows to a height of 60–100 cm (2.0–3.3 ft), and is bristly or hairy all over the stems and leaves; the leaves are alternate, simple, and 5–15 cm (2.0–5.9 in) long.

The flowers are complete, star-shaped, with five narrow, triangular-pointed petals. Flowers are most often blue in color, although pink flowers are sometimes observed. White flowered types are also cultivated. The blue flower is genetically dominant over the white flower. The flowers arise along scorpioid cymes to form large floral displays with multiple flowers blooming simultaneously, suggesting that borage has a high degree of intra-plant pollination. It has an indeterminate growth habit which may lead to prolific spreading.

The fruit consists of four brownish-black nutlets.

common names & nomenclature
Some authorities consider the Latin name Borago, from which Borage is taken, is a corruption of corago, from cor, the heart, and ago. In all the countries bordering the Mediterranean, where Borage is plentiful, it is spelled with a double 'r,' so the word may be derived from the Italian borra, French bourra—signifying hair or wool—words which are derived from the Latin burra, a flock of wool, in reference to the thick covering of short hairs which clothes the whole plant.

Also known as:
borage, burrage, common bugloss, bugloss, starflower

Borage, the bee-attracting herb

Where in the World

habitat and range for borage

Borage is native to the Mediterranean, but is now naturalized in most parts of Europe, can also be found in the UK and in the United States.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting borage

Borage can grow in a wide variety of conditions, comes up as a weed in garbage dumps, roadsides, and near buildings.

Borage flourishes in ordinary soil, adapts to poor or rich soil.

Borage may be propagated by division of rootstocks in spring and by putting cuttings of shoots in sandy soil in a cold frame in summer and autumn, or from seeds sown in fairly good, light soil, from the middle of March to May, in drills 18 inches apart, the seedlings being thinned out to about 15 inches apart in the rows. If left alone, Borage will seed itself freely and comes up year after year in the same place. Seeds may also be sown in the autumn. Those sown then will flower in May, whereas those sown in the spring will not flower till June.

Borage flowers can be harvested from June to August.

Dry the flowers and leaves completely, then cut them into smaller pieces and store in airtight containers in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

borage history, folklore, literature & more

the many uses of borage
Borage is a broad-spectrum herb that can help you with many things. It’s been used for centuries to treat many ailments. In fact, during the Crusades, soldiers took it to actually improve their courage. While we don’t really think it gives courage anymore, borage can do an awful lot to improve your health.

If you’re suffering from a fever or a respiratory infection, borage can be a great remedy. It can also help to relieve problems with the liver and urinary tract. So if you’re struggling with infections in these areas of the body, you may want to give borage a chance.

When using borage for the liver, you actually help your body to deal with toxins in a more effective way. You’ll allow your liver to clean itself out and function properly. This will improve your immune function, your metabolism, and provide you with a feeling of overall vitality.

People who have the blues, or mild depression, can also benefit from using borage. In addition, borage can be used to help you sleep when you’re having a restless night. Borage can actually help to restore you to sound sleep and a sound mind.

When it comes to physical conditions such as skin irritation and rheumatism, or stiff joints, borage oil can also be used. It’s similar to evening primrose oil in its ability to treat these problems. It can also be used to treat hormonal imbalances.

Irritations of the eyes, skin, and mouth can also be treated with borage extract washes. They help to soothe inflamed skin and tissues and restore comfort.

Borage can be taken in several ways. It can be used in a poultice or an infusion to treat external problems. It can also be used as a lotion. Internally, it can be used as an infusion or tincture.

Commercially available syrups can also be taken that include borage. These are wonderful for relieving problems with respiratory infections and coughs. Finally, you can take capsules of borage. When it comes to capsules, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for it.

Borage is a good overall herb to keep stocked in your home. You can take it every day to keep your health and immunity strong. You can also take it for specific problems such as skin irritations and difficulty sleeping. Having it on hand at all times will insure that you give your body what it deserves.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.