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The importance of being Borage

Borage for Courage!

At Be Better Balms, our mission is to help you connect with the healing abilities of mother nature on a daily basis, in a practical and ethical way.

In line with our mission statement, here at Be Better Balms we follow the concept of FROM SEED TO SKIN to make the Be Better Balms range – click here to view our full range of herbal balms.

We have a substantial herbal garden on our beautiful property on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia where we grow many medicinal herbs including chickweed, Lavender, Chamomile,  Echinacea, Calendula, Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Basil, Rosemary, Mint and Borage. So what is the importance of being Borage?

Borage is regarded as a herb of gladness – the bees love it, and it has happy little blue flowers, so it has been used for many years as a herb to improve people’s mood & sense of courage!

One tradition recommends steeping borage in wine to drive away all sadness…Pliny the elder described borage as a ‘soothing healer’.

 borage for your health

 

The name Borage comes from Arabic meaning ‘father of sweat’ as borage tea has been traditionally used to reduce high temperature.

It’s a very versatile plant that grows very easily from seed (I recommend purchasing your seeds through the Diggers Club) and is a great companion plant to many fruits and vegetables, especially strawberries and tomatoes, as it attracts those lovely bees and detracts the bad bugs…you can also just grow it in a pot if space is an issue.

Borage also adds many nutrients to the soil and is great to add to your compost bin.

Borage is packed with healthy nutrients including Omega 6, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron & fibre.

 

Did you know? The Latin name for Borage is Borago Officinalis. When the word Officinalis is used it usually means it is a medicinal plant – officina meant ‘workshop’, ‘storeroom’ and ‘pharmacy’ in the olden days.

 

borage flowers  

So what can you do with borage? Oh, so many things!

Both the leaves and the flowers of borage are edible, and the leaves can also be used to soothe irritated skin.

 

 

what to do with borage leaves

 

Below I have included some of our favourite family recipes for healing & eating:

 

Borage Ice Cubes:

A big favourite!

Simply pick the lovely Borage flowers and add to your ice cube tray.

 

borage ice cubes

 

Borage & Fetta quiche:

2 Sheets puff pastry

1 chopped onion

250g chopped borage leaves

Salt

1-2 Tbs pine nuts 

150g Fetta cheese, crumbed

300ml cream

4 eggs

1-2 Tbs fresh/dry herbs (your pick – oregano, parsley, rosemary, mint)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180c
  2. Spray a pie dish with oil
  3. Spread the puff pastry on the pie dish and scrunch the edges
  4. In a frying pan, heat some olive oil. Add the onion, pine nuts and borage and cook until soft

 

borage recipes

 

      5. Mix the eggs, cream, cheese, salt and herbs in a bowl

      6. Add the fried onion and borage to the egg mixture and mix

      7. Pour the mixture on the pastry base

      8. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden

 

Borage Tea:

Great tea to reduce tension, lower high temperature and getting all courageous and calm at the same time!

Make an infusion, or in simple terms – tea.

1. Chop a bit of fresh borage leaves (2-3 TBS)

 

borage tea

 

2. Boil some water and pour over the chopped borage leaves

3. Leave it to infuse for about 20 minutes

4. Add a bit of honey, strain if needed and enjoy

 

Borage compress for irritated skin

This is a great first aid for itchy and inflamed skin. Simply make the borage infusion as per the borage tea recipe above.

Place the warm tea in a small bowl and soak a small cloth in the bowl.

Squeeze the cloth to get rid of excess moisture and place the cloth over the affected area. Repeat this a few times.

 

growing borage companion plant

 

So what are you waiting for? Remember – Borage for Courage! So go on and plant some borage.

 

And please share any questions, comments, suggestion and more in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

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