Borage or Cucumber Herb fits well in the perennial herb garden. Borage has nice little star-shaped blue flowers. The leaves are very hairy. It can reach 60 cm in height. The plant is native to North Africa, the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and the Middle East.
It is now found in the wild in Western Europe and the United States. The cucumber plant has spread from herb gardens into the wild. Other names for this plant are borage, borage, farmer’s girls, borage, embarrassed girls, night light, night seed, umbrella, sting noses, sting noses, and cucumber flower. In Latin, the plant is called Borago officinalis.
Cucumber Herb in Antiquity
Borage used to be used to improve dreams. For this purpose, one only had to put a vase with borage flowers in the bedroom. The popular name night light has to do with this effect. In ancient times, borage was used as a healthy vegetable. You can cook it the same way you would cook spinach. In ancient Greece, the plant was used to drive away melancholy.
Dioscorides said that the night light cheers up the heart and dispels despondency. They mainly ate the flowers and leaves. This physician from ancient Greece who worked for the Romans worked said that the root is used against snake bites by bandaging the wound with borage root. The poison of other animals was also treated with it.
In addition to tying the root to the wound, he also recommended eating it or preparing a drink from it to render the poison harmless. Recent scientific research has shown that borage has an anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, and diuretic effect. As a result, poison can be removed from the body more quickly. Bernie also works well as a recuperative and sedative. These scientifically proven effects support the conclusion of Dioscorides that which works well to treat venomous bites.
Cucumber herb nutritional value
Cucumber herb contains the most vitamin A. 100 grams of borage contains no less than 140% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of this healthy vitamin with antioxidant properties. The vitamin C content may also be there: 60% of the RDA.
Furthermore, this healthy herb contains 26% of the RDI of vitamin B3 or niacin. Riboflavin or B5 is 12% in the cucumber plant. Pyridoxine or B6 is represented with 7% of the RDA. Furthermore, it contains 5% of the RDA of thiamine or B1.
In addition to vitamins, there are plenty of minerals in borage. Jet contains 41% of the RDI of iron. As a result, it works well against anemia or fatigue. Both copper and manganese contain 15% of the RDI. Magnesium is found in cucumber herb with 13% of the RDA, potassium with 10%, and sodium with 5%.
Borage against psychological complaints
Borage contains a lot of GLA, which stands for gamma-linolenic acid. This is an essential omega-6 fatty acid. This makes it good for optimal brain function. Concentration problems and mood swings are prevented with the use of cucumber herb.
Despondency, irritability, and chronic fatigue can also be counteracted by taking cucumber herb as a medicine. In phytotherapy, the cucumber plant is used to combat various diseases. If you want to use a herb for medicinal purposes, it is always wise to consult phytotherapy.
Borage against women’s ailments
Cucumber herb is good for all kinds of women’s ailments. It regulates the balance of the hormone estrogen. This allows it to be used in the treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Painful tense breasts, fluid retention in the face, abdomen, and limbs, weight gain, back pain, abdominal cramps, and psychological complaints.
Blackheads, acne, and irregular periods can also be treated with herb borage. All medicinal effects in this article are taken from the Groot Handboek Medicinal Plants by Geert Verhelst, who based his findings on scientific research.
Borage against skin diseases
There are various skin diseases that can be cured with the help of cucumber herbs. Atopic eczema, dry, scaly skin, premature skin aging, wrinkling, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, brittle nails, and brittle hair can be remedied. You can make tea, juice, or syrup from the leaves, but there are also all kinds of medicines in capsule form, mother tincture, and oils. You can use the oil externally. Borage oil and soaps are used in cosmetics to make the skin more elastic and supple.
Borage against cardiovascular disease
Borage has healing powers against cardiovascular diseases. Cucumber herb prevents arteriosclerosis. This prevents cardiovascular problems in general. Thrombosis, embolism, too thick blood, too high triglyceride levels, and elevated blood pressure are all counteracted by using borage as a medicinal herb. It has various effects that are medicinal for the heart and blood vessels; the main ones are that it has blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory properties.
Borage against autoimmune diseases
There are several autoimmune diseases against which borage works. For example, it is used as a medicine against Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma. It ensures that the immune system works better against diseases and is not used against healthy parts of the body.