Borage herb (Borago officinalis) is a perennial herb native to Eurasia and northern Africa. It grows up to 1 meter tall with long stems and leaves. Its flowers are white or pinkish red, which have been known to last for several days after being pollinated by bees. They bloom from May until September in warm climates but they may last longer if there is plenty of rain during the summer months.
The plant grows best in moist soil with well drained soil. It prefers a sunny location and will grow in full sun or partial shade. However, it can tolerate some light shade.
It is considered to be one of the most nutritious herbs because of its high levels of vitamin C, calcium, iron and magnesium. Borago herb is also rich in vitamins A, D and E as well as beta carotene which gives it a bright yellow color.
In addition, it contains significant amounts of thiamin, riboflavin and niacin.
There are many uses for borage herb including making a tea to treat diarrhea, treating coughs and colds, improving digestion and reducing cholesterol. Borago herb is also used as a food additive to increase the shelf life of foods such as cheese. Borago herb is also used in cosmetics to improve the appearance of skin.
Borage herb can be consumed fresh, cooked or dried. It has a strong and bitter taste so it is best to mix it with other herbs and in certain foods such as salads, soups, omelettes and smoothies.
Borage herb prefers rich soil that has been prepared with plenty of organic materials. It requires plenty of water so it is best to plant them near a water source. The soil should remain moist at all times to ensure proper growth.
The plant prefers full sun but can grow in partial shade. This plant is a good candidate for container growing.
When deciding where to plant borage herb it is best to choose an area that has a lot of space for the roots to spread out. It helps to break up compacted soil so the plant can get air to the roots. Also, make sure to plant them in an elevated location so water can drain away from the plant.
Borage herb requires frequent watering but the soil should be allowed to dry out slightly between watering. The plant does need regular fertilization. Spread mulched around the base of the plant can help retain moisture and keep down weeds.
When harvesting borage, it is best to pick the leaves and flowers new early in the growing season before they bloom. The herb can be harvested regularly to ensure a continuous supply.
In cooking, borage herb is used for salads, soups, sandwiches and in drinks such as teas and fruit juices. It is known to have a cucumber flavor and can be mixed with tomatoes, potatoes, asparagus and other vegetables. It is also delicious in desserts.
When using borage herb as medicine start with a small dosage and increase gradually until you achieve the desired effect. The tea can be used for coughs and colds while the leaves and flowers can be eaten fresh in salads or on their own.
Borage herb is not known to have any negative side effects but it is known to lower blood pressure so people who are taking medication for this condition should avoid using it. It should also be avoided by people who suffer from epilepsy. Pregnant women should avoid eating/drinking borage herb during pregnancy and then only after consulting their doctor.
Borage herb is not known to be addictive but it can have a significant effect on the body. People with low blood pressure could find that after regular use their blood pressure falls too low.
People who suffer from depression should avoid using borage herb as it is believed to trigger episodes. The same warning applies to people taking medication for depression and other mood disorders.
Borage is generally considered to be safe when taken orally in normal doses for a short period of time.
This plant extracts include:
Black Root Extract
Phenylacetone Phenylacetic Acid
Purple Needle Tea Extract Lactones of some sort.
Valepotriates (large amount)
When it comes to drug manufacturing, quality is much more important than quantity. While large illegal drug manufacturers will have strict quality testing in place, with small operations like yours the margins for error aren’t as wide.
The more complicated a Recipe is, the more likely you are to make a mistake while mixing and the potential results of those mistakes are much worse.
You can eliminate this danger by making sure each ingredient is of the highest quality. If all ingredients are of the highest quality there is little chance of making a mistake, but the trade off is that it is very expensive to acquire and takes up a lot of room which would otherwise be put to better use.
Another way of avoiding mistakes is to simply use fewer ingredients in your recipes. The downside to this, of course, is that the product will have a lower potency and therefore less market value.
The most common factors that can affect the quality of an ingredient are:
Age – Is it fresh?
Storage – Is it exposed to heat, sunlight, or other elements that may degrade it?
Degree of purity – How much does the ingredient need to be refined before it’s ready for consumption?
Ingredient Quality can have a large effect on the results of a Recipe. This is especially true when using less than average ingredients. As such, it’s not uncommon for first time cooks to experiment with a single ingredient before attempting to mix up an entire batch. This way, you aren’t putting a lot of effort into something that might ruin your day.
Ingredient quality can be altered by paying for special treatments. These might include freezing, refrigeration, or exposure to anti-bacterial gasses. Of course these processes can be expensive and difficult to acquire so they won’t always be readily available.
As a general rule of thumb, the lower the quality of an ingredient, the more time and effort will need to be put into cleaning it and preparing it for consumption.
Be sure to keep your Ingredients fresh!
Despite your best efforts, some of your ingredients may be exposed to heat, sunlight, or other elements that may cause them to spoil. You can’t expect old, rotten ingredients to make high quality products.
If left unchecked this can have a serious effect on your long term plans. Chemical reactions may eventually become highly volatile leading to explosions, toxic fumes, or worse. It may even lead to poisoning of Consumers and that is bad for business.
As such, it is important to monitor your Ingredients and dispose of anything that has spoiled before it can cause any harm.
Note that throwing out spoiled Ingredients will be very expensive, especially if you insist on keeping high standards.
The success of any drug deal relies on supply and demand. If there is a lot of supply and not enough demand then prices will drop. If there is a lot of demand but not enough supply then prices will rise.
It is your job to make sure that these two forces are always in balance.
There are many factors that can affect the price of your product. Some of these are in your control and some of them are not. As a rule of thumb, price rises are bad for business while price drops increase profits.
The most obvious factor is your main ingredient. The harder it is to acquire, the more time consuming it is to prepare, and the more dangerous it is to handle, the more you can charge for it. Be sure to keep this in mind when selecting your main ingredient.
Another factor is the popularity of your product. If too many customers start becoming addicted or complaining about the price then the demand will fall and therefore so will the price. It will then be up to you to make the decision to cut back on your ingredients, increase quantity to make up for it, or attempt to fix the problem in another way.
One other major factor is the legality of your product. Although you do everything in your power to keep it safe and non-toxic, it is still an illegal substance which means it has the potential to cause serious legal problems for all parties involved. For this reason, it’s highly discouraged to sell to members of organized crime, government officials, or anyone else who might flash a badge at any moment.
If your primary concern is making a quick profit then dealing to these people might be an option. Just remember that it’s usually not worth the risk.
One other major issue you’ll need to keep in mind is the life cycle of your ingredients. Although there are many plants and animals out there that can be used for these purposes, most of them do not last forever. For instance, many plants can be difficult to harvest and some require a specific time of year.
Animals may have limited lifespans, reproduce at certain times, or require special care. Some may even be endangered and it is your responsibility to make sure you do not endanger their future generations.
If you find that you no longer have a viable supply to continue production then you may need to switch to a new ingredient. Since this is likely to affect your business in a negative way, it’s important that you begin preparing in advance.
A wise business man once said “As thy ingredients diminish, so doeth thy profits.”
If you are no longer able to acquire the necessary ingredients then you can always choose to go into a different line of work. While it would be a shame to see the Krippy Krush fail, your time as a dealer should not be forgotten. You were able to succeed for as long as you did because you took the necessary steps in preparation for potential problems in the future.
Finally, there is the matter of retiring from criminal life and going straight. As long as you’re careful and you don’t let yourself get addicted to the product then this is a possibility. You may not have as much money as you would have liked, but at least you won’t have to worry about some junkie breaking into your home while you’re sleeping and stabbing you to death because you won’t give him any more of the stuff.
In closing, you hope you’ve made the right decision in choosing your future occupation. Making a living of any kind is difficult, but it’s even more so when you have to work outside the law. But then again, many jobs require a degree of skill that a dope dealer really shouldn’t need.
At least with what you do, all you really need are simple life skills, like math and combat.
You laugh a bit at this thought.
Well, you’ve run your business the best you could. If this was really a life, you’d be thinking about retiring and finding something easier. You guess this was all just a crazy dream though, so who cares.
You turn out the lights and head back to bed.
Sources & references used in this article:
Fungitoxic activity of Indian borage (Plectranthus amboinicus) volatiles by PS Murthy, K Ramalakshmi, P Srinivas – Food Chemistry, 2009 – Elsevier
Unsaturated pyrrolizidines from borage (Borago officinalis), a common garden herb by KM Larson, MR Roby, FR Stermitz – Journal of Natural Products, 1984 – ACS Publications
Country Borage (Coleus amboinicus Lour.): A Potent Flavoring and Medicinal Plant by JF Morton – Journal of Herbs, Spices & Medicinal Plants, 1992 – Taylor & Francis