Known as the “herb of gladness,” borage can have an exhilarating effect. It may also have anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to soothe throat irritation, coughs and colds.
Grow: Prolific and easy to grow, borage likes full sun and will produce charming blue flowers. Consider wearing gloves to harvest borage to avoid irritation or scratches from the prickly hair that covers its leaves.
Drink: Mix honey, lemon and ice with borage leaves for a refreshing summer iced tea. Dried leaves and flowers can be used to brew hot tea (at least 3 teaspoons, to taste).