Borago officinalis, more commonly known as borage, is an annual wild flower rich in potassium and other nitrous salts which give it a number of medicinal uses. It has a much-branching habit, and is hairy with large, stalked leaves. The star-shaped flowers are blue and face towards the ground, similar to hellebores. Borage is used to treat inflammation, conditions of the liver and the respiratory system, scarlet fever, measles, chickenpox, acute rheumatism and rheumatic and arthritic pain. It is drunk as a tea, made from 10g of flowers to one litre of boiling water. The leaves and flowers are eaten in salads or can be cooked like spinach. The wilted leaves, used as a poultice, ripen abcesses and boils and soothe burns.
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