Borago officinalis, known as borage or starflower, is an annual herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other places. The leaves are edible and the plant is grown in gardens for that purpose in some parts of Europe. As a fresh vegetable, with a cucumber-like taste, it is often used in salads or as a garnish. The flower has a sweet honey-like taste and is used to decorate desserts and cocktails. It is also commercially cultivated for borage seed oil.
Traditionally, Borago officinalis has been used in hyperactive gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, such as gastrointestinal (colic, cramps, diarrhea), airways (asthma, bronchitis), cardiovascular (cardiotonic, antihypertensive and blood purifier), urinary (diuretic and kidney-bladder disorders).
Naturopathic practitioners use borage for regulation of metabolism and the hormonal system, and consider it to be a good remedy for PMS and menopause symptoms such as the hot flash. The flowers can be prepared in infusion. (source: Wikipedia)