|One of my first borage seedlings.|
|Borage grows very well with little attention needed.|
|Borage promotes cheerfulness in the herb garden.|
|The beautiful five-pointed star flowers.|
Borage is a beautiful ancient looking herb. It looks bit like a weed, with its hairy leaves and stems, but the flowers are other worldly! Sci-fi five-pointed star flowers which appear pink at first then they turn a vivid blue that instantly gives off joyful energy. Snails and slugs seem to think they taste good, so some night time picking is needed after it rains. Bees love them too, which is a great sight to see. Bees are always welcome in my herb garden!
Borage leaves taste like fresh cucumber, very crunchy. The flowers are sweet, and cucumber like too. There are many recipes for borage, the leaves and flowers are edible but I have heard that the leaves are sometimes harmful to people with liver problems due to some alkaloids it contains, but is also high in calcium and potassium.
|Borage, ruled by Mars.|
The flowers can be used to add some decoration to altars, salads and other foods. You can even put them in ice-cube treys to freeze them, adding colour and joy to drinks. They can even be added to baths for their therapeutic cheerful qualities. The flowers also offer protection if carried or worn (in button-holes or in your hair) when out walking. Growing borage around the house will promote courage, and are a powerful component in spells to do with money, business, and sadness. The roots can be dried for other forms of magical work, such as in incense mixtures, or infusions.
|Embroidered borage design with bee friend.|
|Borage appears throughout history in herbals.|
|A beautiful inspiration for artists.|