Botanist's Glossary

Borage - Borago officinalis

  • Description
    • Borage, with its beautiful blue, star-shaped flowers, is an annual herbaceous plant (Borraginaceae family) that grows to a height of 20 to 60 cm. It is covered with erect stiff hairs and large, rough leaves. Borage is found around villages and gardens throughout Southern Europe and is easy to cultivate.
  • Traditions
    • For many centuries, borage has been grown as a vegetable in Mediterranean countries; it was used by the ancient Greeks in their food. Its leaves are eaten cooked, while its flowers, which have a slightly salty flavor, make a pleasant addition to salads. Borage is a medicinal plant, known for its softening properties. It is also used to treat dry coughs and as a sudorific.
  • Properties
    • Borage oil, extracted from the seeds, is very rich in Omega-6 fatty acids. It repairs the hydrolipid film, for softer, more elastic and more comfortable skin. The skin’s freshness and youthfulness are thus preserved.

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