Borage (Borago officinalis) prepares the body to handle stress
Physicians of the late Middle Ages recommended borage — an herb native to the eastern Mediterranean — for restoring life’s energy. They believed it supplied courage, confidence and cheerfulness. Now we know that borage stimulates the production of adrenaline, which prepares the body to handle stress; so in fact, the medieval belief was well founded. Other names for the blue-flowering herb, such as “good cheer,” “dear friend” and “sparkling eyes.” reflect borage’s ability to brighten the mood. Rich in a polyunsaturated fatty acid, borage-seed oil is used to address metabolic problems from obesity to premenstrual complaints. Borage also promotes lactation, helps break a fever by inducing a sweat and breaks up phlegm while easing sore throats and coughs.
Borage and Echinacea Tea Helps for Viral Infections
A borage-and-echinacea tea has a calming effect, reduces fever and induces sweating. It helps the body combat measles, mumps, chicken pox, colds and flus. Mix equal amounts of borage leaves and powdered echinacea root. Brew it in hot water, steep for 10 minutes and sweeten with honey. Drink 1 cup 3 times per day.
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