8 great things about bor­age

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Plants with a purpose -

It seems the Greeks and Ro­mans were onto some­thing with bor­age. It is a trea­sure chest of nu­tri­tion and medic­i­nal ben­e­fits. Fresh bor­age leaves are rich in Vi­ta­min A, with some Vi­ta­min C. They also con­tain some B vi­ta­mins, es­pe­cially ri­boflavin. They are also rich in potas­sium, mag­ne­sium, iron, man­ganese, and some cal­cium, com­bined with min­eral acids.

Var­i­ous anti-ox­i­dants are present, es­pe­cially ros­marinic acid.

The sa­line prop­er­ties were thought to have whole­some, in­vig­o­rat­ing prop­er­ties, mak­ing bor­age an ex­cel­lent blood cleanser and tonic.

The stems and leaves con­tain sa­line mu­cilage, be­lieved to pro­mote kid­ney ac­tiv­ity, and help­ful for coughs and bron­chi­tis.

The fresh leaf is a re­frig­er­ant – it low­ers the tem­per­a­ture in the mouth – mak­ing it use­ful for re­duc­ing fevers. It is drunk as an in­fu­sion, a cup­ful at a time. Ex­ter­nally it was used as a poul­tice for in­flam­ma­tory swellings and bruises.

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