Centaurea cyanus or cornflower, also known as bachelor’s button, is a flowering herb in the Asteraceae family. The herb is native to Europe and the Middle East and commonly thrived as a weed in cornfields, which explains how it got its name. It flowers throughout summer bringing forth large, blue, white or pink flower heads with a ring of large florets surrounding a cluster of disc florets. Cornflower has been naturalized in many parts of the world including North America and Canada where it is now considered an ornamental plant. While the other varieties are great for cut flowers, only the blue flower type has medicinal value. Blue cornflower medicinal properties include:
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Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial
Cornflowers have strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties which explain their medicinal value. One of the potent compounds in these flowers is anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Taken as a herbal infusion, cornflower helps in soothing stomach ulcers and speeds up healing of mouth sores as well as bleeding gums. Stronger infusions of the flowers are used to treat urinary tract infections, detoxify the liver and ward off ailments such as cold and flu.
Naturally-occurring tannins in the plant help in binding proteins, making it a handy wound treatment agent. In addition, its antiseptic properties assist in preventing wound infection while its coagulant abilities assist in stanching bleeding in open wounds.
Blue cornflower can be used as a tonic and is great for all types of skins including the sensitive ones. It is great for managing rashes and inflammation on the skin as well as helping in refreshing and firming the skin, especially during summer. A concentrated infusion of the flower heads is also used to wash the scalp and get rid of dandruff as well as soothing eczema flare-ups.
There is a long history of using cornflowers to manage eye problems. According to 17th-century records, extracts from the flowers were used to alleviate the need to don spectacles.
Cornflower floral extracts are great for alleviating puffy, tired eyes and conjunctivitis. To alleviate these problems, simply wet cotton pads and place them over your closed eyes for a few minutes. When you remove the pads, the improvement will be evident.
In light of all the above blue cornflower medicinal properties, it is time you considered having this stunning herb at hand, especially if you love twinkling eyes.