Borage

NAME :  Borage

GAELIC NAME :

LATIN NAME : Borago officinalis

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Bugloss, Burrage, Common Bugloss, Herb of Gladness.

MEDICINAL PART : Herb, Flowers.

PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland, Europe and cultivated elsewhere.

HABITAT : Anywhere and everywhere.

DESCRIPTION : Borage is an annual plant. The hollow, bristly, branched and spreading stem grows up to 2 feet tall. The leaves are bristly, oval or oblong-lanceolate, the basal ones forming a rosette and the others growing alternately on the stem and branches.

FLOWERING PERIOD : The blue or purplish, star-shaped flowers grow in loose racemes from June to August.

PROPERTIES : Aperient, Diaphoretic, Febrifuge, Galactagogue, Pectoral, Tonic.

Preparation and Dosage : Prolonged use of borage is not advisable.

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER : Masculine
PLANET : Jupiter
ELEMENT : Air
ASSOCIATED DEITIES : Medb 
POWERS : Courage, Psychic Powers

RITUAL USES
Call on the Goddess Medb while asking for Courage, Inspiration and Insight into your Life.  Use Borage as an offering to the Goddess.
MAGICAL USES

Carry the fresh blossoms to strengthen your courage, or place one in your buttonhole for protection when walking. A tea of borage will induces psychic powers.

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