*Please note: this is not a monograph, and I am not an herbalist. This is an excerpt from my herbal grimoire, and the writings of a Witch. It is intended to supplement your own research and studies.*
Powers: courage, gladness, psychic powers
Borage was one of the magickal herbs of the Celts and in fact the name evolved from a Celtic word meaning a person of strong courage and bravery. Magickally it may be used to fortify the inner self. Add it to a ritual bath, take internally as a tonic, or add to incense blends. Borage also enables one to feel happiness and joy, even during the most difficult of crises. I have found it especially effective for a grieving heart.
In the garden, borage is an excellent pollinator plant, and at the end of the summer the birds like to eat the seeds. Plant it once and it will re-seed every year thereafter. The blossoms and young leaves are both edible, and can be quite lovely for decorating cakes.
Into a glass, put a sprig of borage and crush it with a wooden spoon or muddle. Add 1 tbs. sugar, 2 orange slices and a slice of lemon. Half fill the glass with crushed ice, add claret to the rim and top with borage flowers.
Borage Flower Essence:
- Pour two cups of springs water into a glass bowl. Cover surface of water with flowers. (do this in the morning)
- Place bowl outside in a sunny location.
- At the end of the day, remove flowers and pour flower essence into a half gallon glass jar (or any large glass jar that can hold at least six cups liquid).
- Add two cups of spring water to the jar.
- Add two cups of honey liquor to the jar.
- Infuse for 1-2 weeks, then use a couple drops at a time as needed.
Borage flower essence can also be purchased in the shop.
Beyerl, Paul. The Master Book of Herbalism. Blaine: Phoenix Publishing, 1984.
Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1990.
Bacon, Richard M. The Forgotten Arts: Growing, Gardening & Cooking with Herbs. Dublin: Yankee, Inc., 1972.