Cornflower

Other Names

Bachelors Button, Bluebottle, Blue Bottle, Boutonniere Flower, Cyani Flower, Hurtsickle, Bluebow, Blue Cap, Blue Cornflower, Basket Flower, Casselunettes (French), Scaly Cornflower, Aciano, Bachelor’s Buttons, Audifoin, Barbeau, Bleuet, Bleuet des Champs, Bluebonnet, Blue Centaury, Casse-Lunettes, Centaurea cyanus, Centaurea segetum, Centaurée Bleue, Centaurée Bleuet, Corn Flower, Cyani Blossoms, Cyani Flos, Cyani Petals, Flor Celeste, Blauchrut, Blaumütze, Cyane, Hunger, Hungerblume, Kaiserblume, Kornbeißer, Kornblume, Kornfresser, Kornmutter, Kornnägeli, Kornnelke, Kreuzblume, Blaue Kronblume, Rockenblume, Roggenblume, Schanelke, Sichelblume, Sträpsen, Trämpsen, Tremisse, Zachariasblume, Ziegenbein

Description

The cornflower is known as a weed and grows usually in cornfields, hence its name. It is slender and charming because of its colour and symmetry. It is a beautiful ornamental addition to gardens and flower arrangements as well as its medicinal uses. It is an annual plant that grows up to 35 inches tall with green stems. Its flowers have an indigo colour produced by the pigment protocyanin, the florets spread surrounding a disc.

Ingredients

Flavonoids, Coumarins, Anthocyans

Collection Period

June to August

Used Parts

Flower

Uses

  • Anti-Inflammatory,

  • Anti-Rheumatic,

  • Antitussive,

  • Appetizing,

  • Acne,

  • Astringent,

  • Astringent,

  • Bile,

  • Bitters,

  • Blood Purifier,

  • Chest Congestion

  • Conjunctivitis,

  • Constipation,

  • Contusion,

  • Corneal Ulcers,

  • Cough,

  • Dandruff,

  • Digestion,

  • Diuretic,

  • Draining,

  • Edema,

  • Expectorant,

  • Eye Diseases

  • Eye Irritation

  • Fever,

  • Genital Fluorine,

  • Gout,

  • Headache,

  • Indigestion,

  • Insect Bites,

  • Intestinal Complaints,

  • Itching,

  • Jaundice,

  • Liver And Gallbladder Disorders

  • Liver Weakness,

  • Loss Of Appetite,

  • Eye Diseases

  • Menstrual Cramps,

  • Menstrual Disorders

  • Ocular Inflammation,

  • Poorly Healing Wounds

  • Renal Insufficiency,

  • Rheumatism,

  • Skin Problems,

  • Spider Bites,

  • Stomach Discomfort,

  • Stomatitis,

  • Tonic,

  • Toning,

  • Yeast Infection

Properties

  • Anti-Inflammatory,

  • Anti-Rheumatic,

  • Antitussive,

  • Appetizing,

  • Astringent,

  • Astringent,

  • Blood Purifier,

  • Diuretic,

  • Draining,

  • Expectorant,

  • Toning, 

Application

An infusion of the flowers is best for external use, it is an effective hair rinse and soldiers have been using its poultice to treat open wounds. Because of its astringent property, it also rids bacteria in the mouth and freshens breath. Herbal teas are also a product of Cornflower. It also adds colour to salads. 

Summary

Cornflowers are a beautiful addition to any garden because of its natural blue pigment. Over time it has been listed as endangered due to the over-use of herbicides which destroy its natural habitat. Cornflower is used in salads, made into teas, and has been a long-time ingredient of poultices for open wounds.

Side Effects

There are no side-effects noted and validated for Cornflower

References

  • Wikipedia, Centaurea cyanus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaurea_cyanus

  • WebMd , Cornflower, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-414-Centaurea+cyanus+CORNFLOWER.aspx?activeIngredientId=414&activeIngredientName=Centaurea+cyanus+(CORNFLOWER)&source=2

  • Heilkraeuter,  Kornblume, http://www.heilkraeuter.de/lexikon/kornblume.htm

Cornflower 

Centaurea cyanus

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