As of this sunny-windy morning, my first time growing the Borage Herb [Starflower] from seed has bloomed it’s first flower. 😀
I shall be harvesting some of flowers and leaves this year.
For other seed starters, I am currently growing Echinacea [for my own use in teas, cough syrups and tinctures].
I feel, in order to be good enough in anything – one must keep practicing until it becomes second nature [without doubt or lack of confidence in your skills]. 😉 🙂
Before I relocate to the future home of New Zealand, I want to get as much training and experience under my belt -before I even consider selling my organic products to the public. I have taken workshops, studied on my own, taken nature herb walks, and graduated from a beginners course at “The Herbal Academy of New England.” This is still not good enough. 🙂
Being called a “Medicinal Herbalist” is a serious profession and should be taken in awareness and mindfulness. If you do not know the proper uses of one herb, you could be risking the health of loved ones, yourself and your clients. Death could even become a consequence of your current ill-informed state of knowledge.
For just like an awakening child in life:
“Herbalism is a neverending wonder-journey. Always learning, always grateful you are apart of it.”
“Borage is used as either a fresh vegetable or a dried herb. As a fresh vegetable, borage, with a cucumber-like taste, is often used in salads or as a garnish. The flower, which contains the non-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA) thesinine, has a sweet honey-like taste and is one of the few truly blue-colored edible substances, is often used to decorate desserts. It is notable that the leaves have been found to contain small amounts (2-10 ppm of dried herb) of the liver-toxic PAs intermedine, lycopsamine, amabiline and supinine. Leaves contain mainly the toxic lycopsamine also amabiline and the non-toxic saturated PA thesinine. PAs are also present in borage seed oil, but may be removed depending on method of processing.”
Paragraph taken from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage