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.
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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’.
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.
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.
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 & Fetta quiche:
2 Sheets puff pastry
1 chopped onion
250g chopped borage leaves
1-2 Tbs pine nuts
150g Fetta cheese, crumbed
1-2 Tbs fresh/dry herbs (your pick – oregano, parsley, rosemary, mint)
- Preheat oven to 180c
- Spray a pie dish with oil
- Spread the puff pastry on the pie dish and scrunch the edges
- In a frying pan, heat some olive oil. Add the onion, pine nuts and borage and cook until soft
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
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)
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.
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!