Borage June 2019

I planted Borage ( photo from my garden) this year because bees love it, and I am aiming to attract pollinators.

I find that I love it, too!

So I went to the internet and looked up some information about borage.  Here is a bit of it, from “Three Faces of Borage:
Medicinal Herb, Homeopathic Remedy, Flower Essence”  by 
Joel Kreisberg, DC, CCH

…As a homeopathic remedy, it brings playfulness and spontaneity to persons who have been burdened by family responsibility, becoming hardened and resentful. Their argumentativeness stems from their protective nature due to their anxiety about the family’s welfare.

The flower essence promotes optimism and enthusiasm in a person who has suffered burdens experienced in the heart.

A central theme emerges: Borage is a remedy for heaviness of the heart, bringing lightness and flexibility. Dioscorides’ remarkable observation of two thousand years ago is consistent with all three modern perspectives: he said that Borage ‘cheers the heart and helps drooping spirits.’

And a chart:

Borago officinalis


  • Native to the Mediterranean region
  • Annual self seeding 60-90cm
  • Rich, moist,
  • well drained Sun to partial shade
  • Blooms July/August

Legend and Lore

In Latin corago signifies “I stimulate the heart” from the Celtic root “barrach” signifies courage. In French “bourru” refers to the hairy leaves. In Arabic “abu-rach” translates to father of sweat the literal sudorific properties of the plant. Native to Mediterranean countries including Morocco, Syria and Turkey, this beautiful star shaped flower propagated itself throughout Europe. The Romans fortified themselves with courage by eating both flowers and leaves. In the Middle Ages in England, borage was cultivated as a medicinal plant to ward off colds, bronchitis and fevers. It also perfumed red wine. This plant was a must have for the American and Canadian colonist.

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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