BORAGE-Useful for treating depression and menopausal symtoms

BORAGE: (Borago officinalis)Also called Burrage, Bugloss, starflower, bee plant, and ox’s tongue is an annual herb that originated in Syria. This herbal supplement was used by ancient Greeks, Romans and English herbalists and is also known as “protector of the heart” because it has the reputation of driving sadness from the heart. It is abundant in potassium and calcium and has a cucumber like taste and is sometimes used to garnish desserts. Common uses of this herb is regulation of metabolism and hormones as well as PMS and menopause symptoms. This herbal supplement is also used for colds, heaviness and tightness of the chest, and also has an anti-inflammatory effect. It may also be useful in treating high cholesterol due to its high concentration of oleic and palmitic acid. It is commercially cultivated as an oilseed and is used as a provider for GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) This herbal supplement is the highest known plant-based source for this acid. This acid also makes this herbal supplement useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:This herbal supplement should not be used during pregnancy as it may cause premature labor. Possible side effect of this herb is constipation.

This herb may interact with Phenothiazines and Tricyclic antidepressants by lowering the seizure threshold and NSAID use may decrease the effectiveness of Borage.

PROPERTIES AND USES: Joy, calcium source, potassium source, GLA source, menopause treatment, hormonal regulation, anti-inflammatory


Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae

(unranked): Angiosperms

(unranked): Eudicots

(unranked): Asterids

Order: (unplaced)

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Borago

Species: B. officinalis

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