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Growing Information:

Borage

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Direct or Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 18-30"

PLANT SPACING: 12"

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual

Habitat and Description


Growing borage

Well, the first year you'll have to buy a packet of borage seeds or beg some seedlings from a neighbour - but after that, watch out.

Borage likes a sunny spot with well drained fertile soil.

Sow the seeds from early spring to mid summer about 1 inch (25cm) deep and thin to one plant per 2 ft (60 cm)

Keep well watered and free from weeds - the herb will be ready for use in about 8 weeks or so (a bit longer from an early spring sowing)

Growing borage indoors
Borage will grow from 45 cm (18 inches) upwards - if you want to use it all year round and you have somewhere to keep it then just sow a couple of seeds in a large pot of compost and thin out to the best after germination.

Keep it well watered and you should have borage all year round.

It isn't something I've done personally, but it's possible to grow any plant indoors if you really want to.

Harvesting Borage
Harvest the young leaves as needed and the flowers when they are fully out.

It's not very suitable for drying at home - the leaves have a tendency to go black - probably because of the high mineral levels and the leaves are very fleshy. You could try microwaving it though.



Borage


The benefits of Borage

Specifically, borage oil has shown to be especially beneficial in improving inflammatory problems in the body. It has proven to be helpful in reducing the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Studies suggest that the GLA in borage oil can also be used to ease common PMS symptoms, such as cramping, breast tenderness, and mood swings. Borage oil can also promote healthy circulation, which can decrease high blood pressure and its associated risks. This quality in borage oil can help reduce the occurrence of impotence in men. Borage oil also promotes healthy skin, hair and nails by supplying the body with essential fatty acids. The anti-inflammatory qualities in borage oil make it beneficial for improving the symptoms of acne, eczema, and psoriasis.





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