Gol Gav Zaban Recipe + 20 Benefits Iranian Herbal Tea

Gol gav zaban(borage) is an almost purple plant from which a soothing tea is prepared. It is a colorful plant that is brewed in boiling water to make a very useful tea.

Gol gav zaban(Cow’s tongue flower) tea has soothing properties, can be used in cold treatment, has antioxidants, and can help with digestive problems and sore throat.

In addition to all these properties, brewing this tea with Limoo Amani and serving it with saffron rock candy creates a very colorful and tasty Iranian herbal tea.

Since the old days in Iran, whenever I had insomnia at night, my mother brewed cow’s tongue flowers so I could sleep very comfortably. During the school exams, when I was very stressed, I would drink a glass of this tea, and my stress would decrease for hours.

Currently, I prepare this tea to reduce the stress of my children and give it to them to calm them down. Both during exams and when the children fall asleep, instead of using chemical and sedative pills, I use this 100% herbal tea for them.

The cow’s tongue flower has a very quick and easy recipe, and I have provided a lot of foie gras for you in the rest of the article.

How to brew gol gav zaban?

Brewing a cow’s tongue flower is very easy but requires many tips. If you follow these tips step by step, you can prepare a delicious and colourful brew. I will explain the process step by step in the following.


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gol gav zaban ingredient

Gol gav zaban  3 tbsp
Limoo Amani 1 pcs
Nabat(Persian saffron rock candy) 2 pcs
Water as needed

How to make borage tea(gol gav zaban recipe):

1. First, boil water in a kettle or electric samovar.
2. Then prepare a teapot or coffee pot and put the leaves of the cow’s tongue flower in it.

put the leaves of the cow's tongue flower in it

3. Add the boiled water to the cow’s tongue flower and boil for 2-3 minutes.
4. Then, we pierce the Limoo Amani with a fork and put it in the teapot. We put the lid of the teapot or the boiling pot and let it stay in it for 10-15 minutes with the lid closed and infused.

add limoo amani

boiling gol gav zaban

5. Now, we put the candies in the glass, pass the tea through a strainer, and add the candies to the glass. I use candy for sweetness and better taste.

golgavzaban is ready

Gol Gav Zaban Tea Benefits

Benefits of gol gav zaban

1. Decoction for colds_ Gol gav zaban benefits:

Gol gav zaban flower is also effective in treating chronic coughs, shortness of breath, and mild asthma. To treat dry cough, mix the plant with chamomile, Calendula, and anemone and drink the brew of these plants 2-3 times a day.

2. The beauty of skin, hair, and nails with borage tea:

Borage leaf juice can be diluted with equal water and applied to the skin for dry or itchy skin and nerve pimples.

3. Calm your nerves with a cup of Persian herbal tea:

Today’s life is stressful, and we should use calming herbs and teas, such as cow’s tongue flowers, to strengthen the nerves and create relaxation.

4. Anti-cancer _ Cow tongue plant benefits:

The magnesium in borage flower is anti-cancer, and due to the presence of alkaloids, it can be anti-allergic,anti-rheumatism, and anti-inflammatory. This plant reduces fever in measles, scarlet fever, smallpox, and hives.

5. Blood purifier _ Gol gav zaban tea benefits

In addition to its therapeutic properties, cow tongue flower tea is a blood purifier, antispasmodic, adrenal gland stimulant, cardiovascular tonic, respiratory tract softener, expectorant, lactiferous, and laxative. Gol gav zaban, khakeshir, and sekanjabin are useful Persian drinks.

Borage flower and leaves are used for fever, cough, and depression.

Borage is also used for a hormone problem called adrenal insufficiency, for “blood purification,” to increase urine flow, to prevent inflammation of the lungs, as a sedative, and to promote sweating.

Sourced: https://www.webmd.com/


Gol gav zaban is a very old plant with a very rich history. It has been used as an antidepressant and sedative for centuries. You can read more about the history of medicinal plants.

The Iranian gol gav zaban plant is self-growing and grows on the slopes of Alborz in early spring.
The origin of this plant goes back to the Middle East and the city of Damascus in Syria.
The cow’s tongue flower plant is between 40 and 70 cm tall.

20 Gol gav zaban Benefits:

persian borage tea benefits

1. Reduce inflammation.

2. Asthma treatment.

3. Maintaining skin health.

4. Blood circulation, blood pressure, and heart diseases.

5. Decreased blood sugar.

6. Impact on hyperactive children.

7. Treatment of urinary tract infections.

8. Increase the power of mental concentration.

9. Strengthening the 5 senses.

10. Preventing cancer or treating this disease

11. Cold treatment.

12. Treatment of dandruff and folliculitis.

13. A completely natural moisturizer for the skin.

14. Reducing the feeling of craving and need for alcohol consumption.

15. Prevention of mood swings during menopause in women.

16. Improving the general health conditions of the body and the immune system.

17. Improving the function of body organs, including the intestine.

18. Prevention of osteoporosis.

19. Establishing hormonal balance due to the presence of gamma-linolenic acid in this plant.

20. Blood purification.

May promote skin health

Borage oil contains high amounts of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that’s integral to the structure and function of your skin (12Trusted Source).

Borage oil also boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help promote wound healing and repair your skin’s natural barrier.

sourced: https://www.healthline.com/

What is gol gov zaban good for?

What is gol gov zaban good for

Do you know what is good for and what diseases it cures or prevents? Have you ever considered using this plant to protect your physical and mental health?

This plant has a warm nature and, at the same time, has many properties that have attracted the attention of traditional medicine. 

Because each of the components of this plant, including gamma acid, magnesium, calcium, iron, etc., has a special effect on the treatment of the disease.

In this regard, you should know that the healing properties of this plant are not limited to treating physical problems.

So, based on much research, it has been determined that this plant’s consumption affects mental problems in different ways.

Along with Persian borage tea served fuman cookies and zoolbia bamieh.

Can you eat borage leaves Raw?

Can you eat borage leaves Raw

Borage leaves are blood purifiers. Fresh leaves of borage flowers are effective for treating purulent pimples in the mouth and thrush and relieving oral heat.

Chewing fresh leaves of borage flowers is also useful for treating purulent pimples in children’s mouths. Borage leaves are used to remove loose tooth roots. Borage leaf poultice is effective for swelling.

Borage (Borago officinalis) is an annual herb which is cultivated for medicinal and culinary uses, although it is commercially cultivated for borage seed oil. Borage seed oil is the plant rich in the gamma-linolenic acid (26%-38%) which is used as dietary or food supplement.

sourced: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

Who should not eat borage?

Who should not eat borage

Like all edible substances in the world, in case of excessive consumption or special physical conditions, the harms of cow tongue flower may also appear.

Pregnancy or breastfeeding, children, infants, interference with some chemical drugs, involvement with liver diseases, and high blood pressure should be considered cautiously when consuming gol gav zaban.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding


Liver disease

high blood pressure

Kidney stones and digestive diseases

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