Taking borage flower essence is also helpful in times of distress, fear, or worry since the essence offers a sense of safety and courage, and helps to chase away depression.
Dried borage leaf and flower essence
If you do not yet have borage in your life, then consider adding this bright, cheery flower to your yard or garden containers. It is very easy to grow, adapts to many soil types, and bees adore the flowers. Borage will self-seed readily, so plan on having it around for years to come (or forever….)
Here’s a few ideas on how to use borage:
- Mix the dried leaves with other herbs such as violet, tulsi, linden, oats, or hawthorn to create a heart-soothing and nervine tea.
- The leaves and flowers have a refreshing cucumber flavor and can be added raw to salads. (The younger leaves are preferable).
- Do as the British do, and add the leaves or flowers to a Pimm’s cocktail: beautiful and refreshing.
- Or, for a non-alcoholic treat, place fresh chopped leaves and flowers in cold water and let them steep overnight. You will end up with a refreshing and restorative infusion with a pleasant cucumber flavor.
- The young leaves can also be cooked into borage soup. Here’s a simple recipe to try.
- Steep dried or fresh borage in wine for a day or two to create a merry beverage. It’s even better if you float a fresh flower on top.
- Due to its cooling nature borage leaves may also be used externally as an anti-inflammatory poultice on itchy skin, rashes or eczema.
One final thought: fittingly, borage is also called Star Flower. I think this is a significant part of its medicine, for just gazing at the brilliant blue celestial flowers reminds me that we all are made up of the same stuff as the stars of the sky. And that no matter what earthly events may shake us to the core and cause us sorrow, borage offers us solace and hope.
Young borage plant