Borage is applied to the skin for infantile seborrheic dermatitis and is also used in a dressing to soften the skin.
In foods, borage is eaten in salads and soups.
As flowers have an antioxidant effect, borage flowers are used in skin care products.
One of the few hardy annual herbs which can be raised
to ﬂower twice in the same season: i.e. sown in Septem.
ber, the plants ﬂower in late May; sown in March, they
ﬂower in July, and in mild parts the May-ﬂowering
Borages seed themselves and ﬂower in autumn. These
beautiful annuals are usually allowed to grow far too
thickly. They should be thinned out 2 feet apart to allow
them to branch out. Thinned to this distance, they
naturally last far longer than plants left within 6 inches
of each other. Borage does not respond well to trans-
planting. Light soil.
Borage flower and leaves are used for fever, cough, and depression.
Borage is also used for a hormone problem called adrenal insufficiency, for "bloodpurification," to increase urine flow, to prevent inflammation of the lungs, as a sedative, and to promote sweating. Borage is also used to increase breast milk production and to treat bronchitis and colds.
Borage seed oil contains a fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) that seems to have anti-inflammatory effects.