Healing with Borage Herb
What is borage used for in traditional medicine? The primary medicinal property of this herb is the ability to restore the adrenal glands. This explains the ancient uses for borage to uplift and strengthen the spirits, especially in times of grief or trial. Today's translation of this healing herb is to help people deal with everyday stress and exhaustion, and to nourish and balance the adrenal glands after the use of cortisone or steroids.
Many people experience a weakening of the adrenal glands, which are overused in modern society from constant situations of external or internal stress, and rare occasions for the release of the energy the adrenal glands produce. From medication to caffeine to being late for work, the adrenal cortex is constantly at work, releasing adrenalin for the body to be able to either fight its situation, or run from it. As we rarely get to do either one of these activities, energy becomes unresolved, and acts internally. Over time, this leads to adrenal fatigue, and potentially opens up the body for disease.
Taking advantage of the medicinal uses for borage consistently and over time can reverse the negative effects of adrenal fatigue. Like other adrenal nourishers, such as licorice and ginseng, borage is a vital remedy in today's world. The medicinal leaves are dried and can be brewed to make borage tea — infuse one cup of boiling water with up to two teaspoons of the dried herb for ten minutes. Borage has a pleasing taste and aroma, reminiscent of fresh cucumbers. It can also be taken as a tincture, taking one dropperful a day in juice or tea.
There are other medicinal uses for borage. With a high mucilage and saponin content, this herb is ideal for both internal and external inflammation, as it protects and soothes tissue. It is useful with respiratory problems where there is inflammation or irritation, such as a sore throat or cough, as well as for treating rheumatism. Borage also serves as a galactagogue, stimulating milk flow in nursing mothers.