Supposed to revive the hypochondriac, it is thought borage provided courage. The Crusaders reputedly drank a mixture of borage and wine before battle to raise their strengths and spirits. Pink star-shaped flowers on slender green stems are a pretty sight in the summer and possess a taste and smell very similar to that of the cucumber. it has been used to treat colds, coughs, bronchitis and even rheumatism and can help with skin rashes. lots of vitamin c here.