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Indian Borage

Updated: Jun 11, 2019


aka Cuban Oregano, Mexican Mint

perennial succulent with aromatic foliage.


Propagate: stem cuttings

Light: sunny with some shades (does well in-house)

Water: Water thoroughly, discarding excess water. Allow soil to dry out slightly before watering. DO NOT overwater.

Soil: good drainage

Fertilizer: twice a month


Coughs and sore throats: The leaves are commonly used in India and Southeast Asia to treat coughs. It is known to be an effective expectorant. The simplest method is to chew a leaf. You can also make a tea by boiling the leaves in water (add honey to the tea). You can also pound the leaves and mix with a little water.

Blocked nose: Rub the leaves, and inhale the vapor.

Burns, sores, insect bites and stings, and skin conditions such as eczema: Pound the leaves to a pulp, and then apply as a poultice.

Dandruff: Wash hair with an infusion of the leaves (the infusion can also be used to rinse your clothes).

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