Borage is a wild grass with many health benefits. Let’s see what its properties are and how to use it.
Wild borage, scientific name Borago officinalis, is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the family of Boraginaceae, and the Borago genre. It was born in the East, but it is now widespread throughout Europe and America, where it grows spontaneously and is cultivated.
This plant is easy to recognize thanks to its oval, dark green leaves covered in a thick white fuzz. Borrage produces five-petalled, star-shaped, dark purple-blue flowers. Its benefits are many, but one should not underestimate the possible side effects. Let’s find out more!
Borage is rich in mucilage, which makes it very effective to fight colds, coughs, heartburn and constipation.
The herbal tea made from its leaves is useful against menstrual cramps and all the symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome, such as bloating and discomfort. This beneficial action is due to the presence of phytoestrogens, which help rebalancing hormones during the menopause.
The oil extracted from the borrage seeds is a remedy against eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin diseases. It has also antioxidant properties, that is why it is useful to counter wrinkles and spots due to aging and sun exposure.
Finally, borage oil is a source of omega 6, great for lowering blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Borage oil: side effects
People taking anticoagulants should not eat borrage, because the gamma linoleic acid it contains can slow clotting down. In addition, because of possible toxicity, pregnant or breastfeeding women and people suffering from liver problems should avoid it.
Borage in your recipes: how to use it
This plant is very versatile in the kitchen. Its leaves, once boiled, lose their fuzz and can be used in soups, stews, and puree, but also for pies and ravioli fillings. Both the flowers and the leaves are delicious fried in batter.
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Nicoletta Chiara Romano