I’m sure a lot of people here already know this but borage is an herb that has edible leaves and flowers. It grows readily in just about any environment above 55 degrees and can reach a height of about 3.5 feet with minimal care.
Now here’s the really cool part: while tying them back today I accidentally broke off a few leaves and flowers and figured, “what the heck, I know it’s healthy, what does this taste like?” And BOOM cucumber flavor explosion. And I say cucumber flavor explosion fully aware that cucumbers don’t have a powerful taste. Borage leaves and flowers taste like slightly concentrated cucumber (at least to me)
My plants are fully mature (thank you Louisiana weather) so I took a good number of leaves, chopped some dill, onions, tomatoes and made a light dill cream sauce. DELICIOUS!
I highly recommend growing borage in your garden. Not only does the plant produce beautiful blue flowers and make a stress relieving tea, it does a good job attracting pollinators, is relatively pest resistant outside of some very determined snails, and best of all, it essentially self propagates if you let the seeds mature and fall off after the flowers die
I know most of y’all probably knew all of this but I just wanted to extol the virtues of one of my favorite plants to grow. So easy, so tasty, so useful!
So I started taking this supplement to help my hangovers, but it ended up doing so much more. My joints feel 10 years younger, but the big one is after sheer desperation to get rid of a cyst next to my PD I popped a pill open and slathered the oil all over my face. Within minutes I felt relief. I decided to do some research. Here is a great article https://www.stylist.co.uk/beauty/borage-seed-oil-skincare-uses-benefits-dry-skin-products/254923 I definitely recommend looking into this. I get mine on Amazon.
I've just come across Fire In a Bottle's blog and the idea behind saturated vs PUFA/MUFA. Before this, I wasn't totally in the dark and wasn't following establishment medicine diet (fat=bad). I was aware that animal fat and saturated fats weren't bad for you as commonly thought. And that omega-6 fats should be kept low and omega-3 fats were good. But I wasn't fully aware of how harmful seed oils were, and that we should avoid PUFA and MUFA. And that even "healthy" seed oil like borage, flax, walnut, black seed, etc. weren't actually that great. I didn't know they had an effect on fat/weight loss, despite some anti inflammatory properties.
My doctor told me to take flax seed oil and borage oil as I was low in essential fatty acids and for a blood coagulability issue.
Interestingly, I have noticed that during my second time dieting with keto, which begun after adding flax seed and borage oil, I have had a much harder time losing weight. Could these PUFA and MUFA be harming my keto dieting / weight loss? Before even learning about SCD1/saturated fats, I was already thinking and feeling like my metabolism had definitely decreased, based on my calorie intake/weight loss. The first time I did keto, I lost weight fairly easily (30 lbs). Second time, it's been much slower and harder, despite being stricter and a greater deficit.
I'm still kind of confused on CLA vs ALA. Why is CLA okay? I know it's conjugated and has a different bond. It is just not a PUFA?
Seeds I currently have (in mixed qtys, I will let you know if Im too low to swap) Located in west MI
|Lady M Jap Mustard Spinach|
|Lollo Rossa Lettuce|
|Large Leaf Mache|
|Red Giant Mustard|
|Green Zebra Tomato|
|Fargo Yellow Pear Tomato|
|Principe Borghese Tomato|
|Italian Amaro Blend Micro Greens|
|Red Russian Kale Micro Greens|
|Mild Mix Micro Green|
|Cilantro Micro Greens|
|Sweet Thai Basil|
|Italian Genovese Basil|
|Bush Roma Tomato 'Supremo'|
|Paris Island Lettuce|
|Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil|
|Black Seeded Simpson|
|King Richard Leek|
|French Breakfast Radish|
|Mixed Swiss Chard|
|Grand Rapids (Leaf) Lettuce|
|Scarlet Nantes Carrot|
|Early Golden Acre Cabbage|
|Italian Red Scallions|
|English Vera Lavender|
|Detroit Red Beet|
|Purple Top White Globe Turnip|
|Bush Lake Bush Bean|
|Dwarf Blue Curled Kale|
|Summer Squash (Green)|
|Summer Squash (Yellow)|
|Sweet Bell Pepper (Green)|
|Pole Cherry Tomato 'Sweetie'|
|Nero Toscana Kale|
I’ve used rosehip seed oil from TO for three months (until I ran out), but was looking for something that would target my slightly blotchy, easily flushed skin. I saw good reviews for the borage seed oil and was excited to try it out to replace the rosehip.
Until I smelled it. My husband remarked that my face smelled like old bacon grease. It’s like turkey drippings. I sprayed perfume on my shirt after my PM routine to try to mask the smell. I can tolerate it, but just barely.
Has anyone seen positive results from borage seed oil or done anything to reduce the smell?
I’ve recently just found out that borage has some of the nutrient-accumulating properties in its leaves that its relative comfrey is said to have. Which is supposed to mean that said leaves can be used as both solid and liquid fertilizer, as well as a compost accelerator.
As someone who is considering getting comfrey but already has lots of borage coming up, would there be much more nutrient content in comfrey than borage? Or rather, enough of a difference to go out of my way looking for comfrey instead?
Anyone tried this product from The Ordinary and can give some feedback?
I've been recommended this as I have extremely dry skin and find active ingredients tend to try me out even more!