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(bôr′ĭj, bŏr′-)
An annual bristly herb (Borago officinalis) native to the Mediterranean region, having blue or purplish star-shaped flowers, edible leaves and stems, and seeds containing oil used as a dietary supplement.
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Herbal medicine
A mucilaginous annual herb, which contains essential oils, mucilage, pyrrolizidine alkaloids and tanning, and is antipyretic, a mucilage and demulcent. Borage is used by naturopaths to regulate metabolism and hormones, and is believed to be useful for gynaecologic problems including PMS/PMT and menopause.

May be harmful in large doses, given its known liver toxicity; carcinogenic potential.

A floral essence said to provide buoyant courage and optimism.
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A herbal prepared from the plant parts and seeds of Borago officinalis. Value as antiinflammatory and tonic. Clinically studied for its value in dermatology; possible use in hepatic and GI disorders. Plant contains toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
Synonym(s): beebread, ox's tongue, starflower.
[L.L. burrago, fr. burra, shaggy cloth]
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Young borage leaves make an excellent addition to salads and the flowers are used to give colour.
Both evening primrose oil and sunflower oil contain about 70% linoleic acid, whereas the linoleic acid content of borage oil is much lower.
The main purpose of the present study is to investigate the effect of the vermin-compost, biological phosphate and their combinations on the function and effective materials of the borage in the framework of the accidental complete blocks in three iterations.
Borages play an important role but there are others that from now until the first dark days of winter, will keep our bees buzzing - not to mention our hoverflies hovering and butterflies fluttering.
Flaxseed oil is rich in the A omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), while black currant, borage and evening primrose oils are good sources of the omega-6 fatty acid GLA.
Subsequent chapters discuss various nutraceuticals (flaxseed- and borage oil, red ginseng, olive oil, garlic, pre- and probiotics, curcumin, and vitamin C); skin cancer; acne; and food allergy.
Tafod y fuwch (Borago officinalis; borage), neu tafod yr ych i roi enw arall ar y blodyn, ydi un o'r rhai sy'n cael ei argymell er mwyn denu pryfetach i'ch gardd.
INTERVENTION: Treatment with 1.4 g/d gammalinolenic acid in borage seed oil or cotton seed oil (placebo).
Borage - it's about the most effective and versatile companion plant around.
Currently, evening primrose and borage oils are the two main sources of dietary GLA, containing 10% and 20% GLA, respectively.
Gamma-linoleic acid preparations, borage oil, and evening primrose oil show efficacy in small studies (SOR: B, small RCTs).