Borage tea, whose Latin name is borage officinalis, is a one-year plant belonging to the Boraginaceae family. Its homeland is in Syria, grows on the Mediterranean coast and can be grown in South America and North Africa.
The mostly blue flowers may also turn white in some species. It is also grown as an ornamental plant due to pleasant-looking flowers.
Borage Tea Types
Borage Officinalis Known as a borage plant, there are different types of the same name. Borage Officinalis “Variegata” is notable for white plumage on branches.
The species “Alba” is commonly known for flowers blooming in white, rather than the common Borage, which blooms in blue. Borage is a much shorter, creeping plant. The active ingredients and effects of all borage species are more or less the same.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Borage Tea?
- It contains a high amount of calcium, mineral salt, and potassium, so it can be used in unsalted diets.
- It has diuretic properties. It helps to reduce symptoms of kidney stones by helping to urinate frequently, especially in kidney sand and kidney stone complaints.
- Expectorant. It helps to relieve complaints of intense cough.
- Effective in sore throat complaints.
- It helps reduce tonsillitis.
- Sweating helps, this feature is effective in reducing the complaints of high fever.
- It helps to reduce complaints such as depression, restlessness, anxiety and has an antidepressant effect.
- It helps reduce insomnia problems. A cup of borage tea before bedtime helps a comfortable sleep.
- It helps balance the hormonal system.
- Reduces high blood pressure complaints by helping to lower blood pressure.
- It helps lower cholesterol levels.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Reduces symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Helps in relieving cramps and similar ailments during the menstrual period. It also helps to overcome these periods more easily by providing relief psychologically.
- Relaxes digestive system.
- When used as a mouthwash, it helps to remove bacteria that accumulate in teeth and gums.
- It helps to reduce cough complaints by relaxing throat and respiratory system in cases such as bronchitis, colds, and colds.
- Removes swelling due to inflammation in the body.
- Borage oil obtained from seeds is very useful for skin problems. It can be used especially for problems such as acne, eczema, dermatitis.
How do You Make Borage Tea?
Cough-Stopping Borage Tea: One teaspoon Borage, two slices fresh ginger, one-two leaves sage, one crust cinnamon, one-piece yarrow, one teaspoon dried echinacea is mixed with, two cups of boiled water on top of the mouth is closed for 10 minutes, leave to infuse.
It can be sweetened with honey after being drained. Before bed, drink while hot. It will help you to sleep more comfortably by giving comfort to the body and mind.
Diuretic Borage Tea: One teaspoon of the borage plant, a pinch of corn tassel and one tablespoon of the cherry stalk is mixed, 2 cups of boiled water for 15 minutes are brewed. This mixture, which is taken into a bottle after straining, can be drunk 2-3 times a day as a cup of tea.
How to Brew Borage Tea?
Borage tea, like many other herbal teas, is recommended to be prepared by the infusion method. Therefore;
One teaspoon of dried borage plant, one cup (or one large cup) of boiled water and leave to infuse for 8 minutes with the lid closed. It can be consumed after being filtered.
To enhance the effect or make herbal tea more delicious, you can try different borage tea recipes.
To use as a mouthwash, two tablespoons of dried borage in two cups of boiled water, mouth closed for 20 minutes is enough to brew. With this tea taken in a closed bottle, the mouth can be shaken three times a day. It is useful to prepare fresh every day and continue using it for 15-20 days.
Side Effects Of Borage Tea
x Borage tea does not show any side effects when used freshly in meals or salads. However, can cause some undesirable side effects when used regularly as herbal tea.
x People with epilepsy or schizophrenia who use phenothiazine-derived medicines should not consume borage.