Primary Medicinal Uses
Milk production, stimulates mucous secretions in the trachea, tightens mucous membranes and skin, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, mildly calms nerves and stimulates adrenal glands
Leaves can be dried and used in infusions, in capsules or in bulk, or fresh leaves can be used in poultices.
Common Uses

Borage seeds contain large amounts of essential fatty acids, especially gamma-linoleic acid, which helps prevent dull coat, itchy skin, excessive shedding, atopic eczema and some inflammatory disorders.

Borage leaf may help strengthen adrenal function, especially following steroid therapy.

Borage may also increase milk production in lactating animals, due to the stimulation of the adrenal gland.

Borage leaves can also be used to soothe minor skin irritations.


As a gamma-linoleic acid supplement, ask your holistic veterinarian for recommendations on the amount of oil your pet will need.

As an adrenal stimulant, tincture the borage leaves and give 12 drops per 20 pounds of body weight, twice daily. The leaves can also be fed in bulk, sprinkled on the food. For this preparation, give 1/2 teaspoon per pound of food.

For soothing skin irritation, apply as a poultice or compress.

Wulff-Tilford, Mary, and Gregory L. Tilford. All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets. Irvine, CA: BowTie, 1999. Print.