Elderflower cordial with some beautiful starflowers floating on top. Every part of starflower (also known as Borage) is edible and absolutely adored by bees and gardeners alike 🐝. The flowers can be added as pretty garnishes to salads, or made into ice cubes (lovely in G&T’s😉) The leaves and stem can be used in salads too and tastes a bit cucumber-y as it’s from the cucumber family. In fact borage was in the original recipe for PIMMS for flavour (fact 👌)
The leaves can also be ground and made into a tea and the seeds are made into an oil which is excellent for skin and hair, and often used on inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. This is because borage is high in GLA, an omega 6 fatty acid which is known to be nourishing to cells and anti-inflammatory and is also sometimes used in female hormonal issues such as PMS or the menopause to correct any fatty acid imbalance.
One last EXCELLENT starflower fact: an old wives tales is that borage should be smuggled into the meals of jittery men, to help them find the courage to propose. So if you know anyone that needs to put a ring on it, this might be the herb for you 🖐💫
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