BORAGE: benefits, infusion, oil, toxicity, detox plant, information in 5 minutes!
You will find in this youtube video and in this health and wellness blog article :
- The origin of borage
- The active ingredients of borage
- The different parts of borage
- How to consume borage?
- Toxic effects of borage
- Recommendations and contraindications of borage
- Borage oil: benefits and uses
Borage is a plant of African origin used for thousands of years for its many virtues;
The flowers of the borage are rich in minerals and antioxidants such as flavonoids and anthocyanidols.
The leaves and stems of the borage contain mucilage. These are viscous substances that swell in contact with water, forming a gel.
This plant has laxative properties, it helps to fight against constipation.
The flowers have a depurative action (purifies the organization by stimulating the release of toxins), diuretic (supports the elimination of the urine), they relieve the disorders of the breathing. They also promote perspiration and the elimination of toxins.
Borage also has anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to fight against cough, skin diseases, rheumatism and allergy.
In addition, some people use it to relieve the symptoms of menopause.
It is important to know that borage contains substances that can be toxic, especially for the liver, when consumed in large quantities. These are pirrolizidine alkaloids which are mainly found in the aerial parts of this plant (flower and stem).
It is thus advised not to consume it in an excessive and prolonged way.
To consume it in the form of a tea, it is enough to put 5 g to 10 g in dry plant in a large glass of hot water, to let infuse 10 minutes and to drink the drink.
Borage oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids (lipids that have double bonds in their chemical formula) such as gamma linoleic acid (omega-6) and vitamins from groups A, D, E and K.
Borage oil is obtained from the seeds of this plant. It is known for its benefits on the skin.
Borage oil has a soothing, moisturizing, nourishing and softening action. It stimulates the regeneration of the cells of the skin. It can be recommended for dry, sensitive, wrinkled skin, in treatment of eczema or psoriasis.
Borage oil can be used as an application on the skin or as an injection.
Borage oil is contraindicated for people taking anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents or anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 18.
Borage oil can cause side effects such as digestive disorders, diarrhea or allergy.
The organic oil is to be preferred, it must be kept in the refrigerator.