Borago officinalis*

BoragoOfficinalis

Masclef, A. (1891). Atlas des plantes de France. Retreievd from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:224_Borrago_officinalis_L.jpg

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Philmarin. (2011). B. officinalis-flor-1. Retrieved from: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borago_officinalis#mediaviewer/Archivo:B._officinalis-flor-1.JPG

Botanical Name: Borago officinalis
Common name: Borago (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
Family: Boraginaceae (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
Parts used: Dried leaves (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)

Constituents:

Leaf: Saponins, mucilage, tannins and essential oil (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)

Seed: Gamma-linolentic acid (Bone & Mills, 2013, p. 306)

 

Actions

  • Diaphoretic (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Expectorant (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Tonic (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Anti-inflammatory (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Galactagogue (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Adrenal tonic (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)

 

Traditional Indications*

  • Restorative agent for adrenal glands (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Fevers (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Convalescence (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Pleurisy (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Acute Respiratory distress syndrome (Natural Standard, 2014)
  • Peritonitis/Gingivitis (Natural Standard, 2014)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (Natural Standard, 2014)
  • Alcohol-induced hangover (Natural Standard, 2014)

 

Dosage & Preparation*

  • Infusion: 2 tsp/1 cup water/tds *(Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)
  • Tincture: 1-4mL/tds* (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 185)

 

Contraindications

*The herb, apart from the fixed oil derived from the seeds is scheduled in Australia (Australian Government, 2013, p. 243)

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