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|This ancient cultigen and spice plant, which is
common in Europe and North America, is
purported to have psychoactive or hallucinogenic
effects (Farnsworth 1972, 68*; Schultes and
Hofmann 1980,367*). Borage contains the slightly
toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids lycopsamine and
intermedin, as well as their acetyl derivatives,
amabiline and thesinine (Roth et al. 1994, 169*).
In phytotherapy, borage is indicated for several
conditions that are at least partially related to
consciousness (Haas 1961): An invigorating tea of
leaves and flowers is ideal for stress, depression, or
following a treatment with cortisone. Borage mitigates
fever, dry coughs, and skin rash. The oil of
the seeds is helpful for menstrual problems,
nervous intestinal complaints, high blood pressure,
and hangovers" (Bremness 1995, 233*). Borage
pills are sold to dehydrate and "purify the blood."
Flowers harvested during the time of blossom areingested as a folk medicinal sedative (Ratka 1992).
Haas, H. 1961. Pflanzliche Heilmittel gegen Nervenund
Ratka, Otto. 1992. Borago. In Hagers Handbuch der
pharmazeutischen Praxis, 5th ed., 4:528-32.Berlin: Springer.