The leaves boiled among other pot herbs much prevail in making the belly soluble; & being boiled in honeyed water they are also good against the roughness and hoarseness of the throat, as Galen teacheth.

The leaves and flowers of Borage put into wine make men and women glad and merry, driving away all sadness, dullness, and melancholy, as Dioscorides and Pliny affirm.

Syrup made of the flowers of Borage comforteth the heart, purgeth melancholy, and quieteth the phrenetic and lunatic person....

Syrup made of the juice of Borage with sugar, adding thereto powder of the bone of a Stags heart, is good against swooning, the cardiac passion of the heart, against melancholy and the falling sickness.

The root is not used in medicine: the leaves eaten raw engender good blood, especially in those that have been lately sick.

Gerard, p. 798.

Woodville, A supplement to Medical botany, p. 265. Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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