love_potion (2005)

Borage

Borage or borago is a hardy annual with five petalled leaves. It is native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor, and belongs to the Boraginaceae family. It is reputed to bestow courage and to uplift the spirits. Some plant historians believe that its name is derived from the word, corago, another word for courage (“cor”, meaning the heart, and “ago” meaning I bring).

In the 16th century Herbalist John Gerard claimed that borage: maketh a man merrie and joyfull. Use the floures in sallads to exhilarate and make the minde glad. Use everywhere for the comfort of the heart, for driving away sorrow and increasing the joy of the minde. The leaves and floures of Borage put into wine make men and women glad and merrie and drive away all sadness, dulnesse and melancholie. Syrup made of the floures of Borage comforteth the heart, purgeth melancholie and quieteth the phreneticke and lunaticke person.