Borago officinalis

Borith, Star Flower

Native to

Spain, Morrocco

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden includes naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Leaf

  • Flower

  • Bud

Medicinal Actions

Note: When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings.

  • Adrenal gland restorative: Acts to increase functioning to adrenal glands

  • Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Demulcent: Eases inflammation and irritation from mucous glands

  • Diaphoretic: Makes you sweat

  • Diuretic: Makes you pee

  • Emollient: Softens or smoothes the skin

  • Refrigerant: Cools you down

Divinities & Mythos

Note: Just because we do not have the information, does not mean it is not out there. Happy researching! And check back, more is added each month!

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Jupiter

  • Element(s): Air

  • Sign(s): Sagittarius

  • Chakra(s): Throat, Third Eye, Heart

  • Taste(s): Slightly sweet, Salty, Pungent

  • Energy: Cooling, Moistening (I'm sorry)


Internal use of Borage is restricted in some countries, so we advise external use of wildcrafted materials only. That said you can buy it pretty much any Coop or health food store in the USA.

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Magical Properties

Magical Properties

  • Clarity

  • Confidence

  • Courage

  • Domestic Harmony

  • Eloquence

  • Empathetic Healing & Protection

  • Energy

  • Happiness

  • Heart Healing

  • Learning

  • Optimism

  • Psychic Powers

  • Protection

  • Relieve Depression

  • Self Expression

  • Star Magic

  • Strength

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?