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Common Name Borage
Latin Name Borage officinalis
Family Boraginaceae
Part Used Dried leaves
Gathering Time Collect the leaves when the plant is coming into flower.
Constituents Saponins, mucilage, tannins, essential oils, pyrrolizadine alkaloids
Actions Diaphoretic, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, galactogogue, diuretic, emollient
Common Uses Used as a tonic for the adrenal glands. The leaves also stimulate milk in nursing mother's
Contraindications Possible hepatic toxicity due to pyrrolizadine alkaloids. Avoid prolonged use. Avoid during pregnancy and lactation. Not appropriate fo children.
Possible Drug Interactions Unknown
Overdose Symptoms Unknown

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