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Borage Herb Cuts - 75 g - Herbal Collection

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Borage Herb Cuts - 75 g - Herbal Collection

 Borago officinalis


    May help with

    • antitussive
    • expectorant
    • laxative
    • diuretic
    • rheumatoid arthritis


    Borage flower and leaves are used to help traditionally with fever, cough, and depression.

    Borage is also used to help with a hormone problem called adrenal insufficiency, for "blood purification," to increase urine flow, to prevent inflammation of the lungs, as a sedative, and to promote sweating.



    Source : http://www.wikiphyto.org/wiki/Bourrache


    Reference on http://www.wikiphyto.org


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    plant name


    Borage, beef tongue


    International Latin denomination


    Borago officinalis L.


    botanical family




    Description and habitat


    • Herb to 50 cm tall, with rough, prickly hairs all over its surface, branching hollow stems, rough oval leaves, flowers with sharp, blue petals surrounding a conical bundle of black anthers Seeds contained in dehiscent tetrakenes but the seed yield is random (unsynchronized flowering)


    History and tradition


    • Officinale by its flowers and flowering tops but beware of pyrrolizidine alkaloids
    • Cultivated for the production of its oil-rich seeds


    Parts used

    • Seeds, flowers and flowering tops


    Dosage forms available



    Usual dosages




    Main components of the plant



    Main components of buds or young shoots


    Main components of essential oil




    Plant properties


    • Antitussive, expectorant, emollient (mucilage), diaphoretic
    • Laxative (mucilage)
    • Healing ( allantoin ) externally
    • Diuretic ( flavonols and potassium salts)
    • Anti-oxidant (de-oiled seeds) [1]
    • Oil rich in gamma-linolenic acid [2] omega-6, hypocholesterolemic, anti-platelet aggregation
    • Nutritional supplementation with omega-6 essential fatty acids (omega-6 EFAs) is of potential interest in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (the hypothesis being that patients with atopic dermatitis have reduced activity of the enzyme delta-6 -desaturase), and borage oil would be more interesting than evening primrose oil because it contains two to three times more gamma-linolenic acid [3]


    Bud properties


    Properties of essential oil




    Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)


    • The plant itself is unusable due to its hepato- and nephrotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids
    • The flowers are sometimes eaten to decorate salads, they would be reassuring
    • The seed oil is used in various ailments such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, eczema [4]
    • Rheumatoid arthritis ( gamma-linolenic acid  : 2.8 mg of GLA per day) [5]


    Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)


    Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


    Known or suspected mode of action


    • Oil extracted by cold pressing


    Usual formulations






    Possible side effects and precautions for use


    • Hepatotoxicity and mutagenicity of pyrrolizidine alkaloids
    • No use of the plant per os (except flowers occasionally)
    • The seed oil is harmless


    Bibliographic references


    1. Aller↑ Mahinda Wettasinghe, Fereidoon Shahidi. Antioxidant and free radical-scavenging properties of ethanolic extracts of defatted borage (Borago officinalis L.) seeds. Food Chemistry, Volume 67, Issue 4, December 1999, Pages 399–414
    2. Aller↑ S Stymne, AK Stobart. Biosynthesis of gamma-linolenic acid in cotyledons and microsomal preparations of the developing seeds of common borage (Borago officinalis). Biochem J. 1986 December 1; 240(2): 385–393. [1]
    3. Aller↑ Foster RH, Hardy G, Alany RG. Borage oil in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Nutrition. 2010 Jul-Aug;26(7-8):708-18. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2009.10.014. PMID 20579590
    4. Aller↑ Asadi-Samani M, Bahmani M, Rafieian-Kopaei M. The chemical composition, botanical characteristic and biological activities of Borago officinalis: a review. Asian Pac J Too Med. 2014 Sep;7S1:S22-8. doi: 10.1016/S1995-7645(14)60199-1. PMID 25312125
    5. Aller↑ Zurier RB, Rossetti RG, Jacobson EW, DeMarco DM, Liu NY, Temming JE, White BM, Laposata M. Gamma-Linolenic acid treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Arthritis Rheum. 1996 Nov;39(11):1808-17. PMID 8912502
    • Kathryn M. Larson, Mark R. Roby, Frank R. Stermitz. Unsaturated Pyrrolizidines from Borage (Borago officinalis), a Common Garden Herb. J.Nat. Prod., 1984, 47 (4), pp 747–748
    • SPJN Senanayake, F. Shahidi. Chemical and Stability Characteristics of Structured Lipids from Borage (Borago officinalis L.) and Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis L.) Oils. Journal of Food Science, Volume 67, Issue 6, pages 2038–2045, August 2002


    Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.

    Do not exceed the daily dose.


    This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.

    If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.


    This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.


    This product has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.


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