Borage, Organic 1oz
Borage can be used as an emollient to soothe dry, inflamed, and irritated skin. The leaves and flowers can be consumed following an accident or surgery in order to stimulate tissue regeneration, speed the recovery rate, and reduce scarring. Borage can either be taken internally as an infusion (i.e. a tea) mixed with calendula and horsetail, or it may be applied externally as a poultice or salve. Borage also has mild demulcent properties that can help to soothe and coat mucus membranes. It is a remedy for sore throats and irritated lung conditions. Borage has traditionally been used for courage; it assists in the energetic process of moving through heartbreak, the death of a loved one, and other difficult times. Borage, like its well known relative, comfrey, contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids (P.A.s). However, borage contains much lower levels of P.A.s than comfrey does. Both borage and comfrey should be used cautiously due to the Pea’s’ potentially damaging effects on the liver (when taken internally in excessive amounts).
**Contraindications: borage leaf consumption should be avoided during pregnancy and in cases of liver disease or liver problems, due to its pyrrolizidine alkaloid content.**
This information was written by Christa Sinadinos. It is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Please consult with your health practitioner for serious health conditions, or before combining herbs with prescription or over-the-counter medications.