8 great things about borage
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.