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Borago officinalis | Borage

Borago officinalis, commonly known as borage, is an annual herb in the Boraginaceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is now cultivated in many parts of the world. Borage is known for its delicate blue flowers and its edible leaves and flowers.


Botanical Information

Borage grows to be about 1-2 feet tall and has a sprawling habit. The leaves are oval and hairy, and they have a slightly cucumbery flavor. The flowers are blue and star-shaped, and they bloom in the spring and summer. The fruit is a small, dry capsule that contains several seeds.


Medicinal Uses

Borage has a long history of medicinal use. The leaves and flowers have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Borage contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


Magickal Properties

Borage is associated with the element of water and is believed to promote courage, bravery, and emotional healing. It is also associated with the following magical properties:

  • Courage: Borage is often used to increase courage and bravery in the face of challenges.

  • Bravery: Borage is associated with bravery and is often used in spells to overcome fears and obstacles.

  • Emotional Healing: Borage is believed to promote emotional healing and to help people to cope with stress and anxiety.

  • Dream Recall: Borage is also associated with dream recall and is often used in spells to increase dream vividness and clarity.


Elemental Correspondences

  • Water: Borage is associated with the element of water because of its delicate blue flowers and its connection to the emotions and intuition.


Planetary and Astrological Correspondences

  • Jupiter: Borage is also associated with Jupiter because of its association with luck, prosperity, and abundance.

  • Moon: Borage is associated with the moon because of its connection to the emotions and intuition.

  • Venus: Borage is also associated with Venus because of its association with love, beauty, and harmony.


Associated Deitites and Traditions

  • Zeus: Borage is associated with the Greek god Zeus, who is the god of thunder, lightning, and the sky.

  • Juno: Borage is also associated with the Roman goddess Juno, who is the goddess of marriage, family, and childbirth.

  • Luna: Borage is associated with the Roman goddess Luna, who is the goddess of the moon.

  • Venus: Borage is also associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who is the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure.

  • Water Spirits: Borage is also associated with water spirits and is often used in spells to connect with the spiritual realm of water.


Uses in Rituals, Spellwork and Magic

Borage can be used in a variety of rituals, spellwork, and magic. It can be used to increase courage and bravery, to overcome fears and obstacles, to promote emotional healing, and to increase dream vividness and clarity.


Examples of Use

  • To increase courage and bravery, add borage oil to a bath

  • To overcome fears and obstacles, place a borage flower under your pillow

  • To promote emotional healing, meditate with borage oil on your temples or drink borage tea.

  • To increase dream vividness and clarity, add borage to a dream pillow or anoint yourself borage oil before bed.

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