Borage flowers were carried to give courage and protection when in the wilds and the plant is also believed to help fatigue. Borage tea is used to help promote psychic abilities - drink a cup before meditating. Borage was believed to protect against melancholy and if in a worse state, lunacy.
The mood-boosting properties of this cheery, blue-flowered herb lift the spirits and revive a dull mind. Its expectorant action and high mucilage content make it a soothing herbal cure for respiratory infections. It is also effective for relieving coughs and bronchitis. A lotion of the juice or leaves makes an excellent poultice for chronic skin disorders, such as allergic skin rashes and eczema. An infusion will soothe sore, irritated eyes.