Blue Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus)
This plant, also known as "Boutonierre flower," "blue bonnet," "bluecup," and "hurtsickle," is endemic to the Middle East and a member of the Asteraceae family. Cornflower is a plant found in Europe, North America, and Asia, and is known for its medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic properties.
One of this herb’s most well-known uses is as a treatment for eye irritations and infections due to its antibacterial properties. Simply prepare a tea from the flower and use it as a wash to rinse out conjunctivitis-infected eyes. That is the reason it usually appears as an ingredient in eye drops and eye lotions.
Cornflower tea can help alleviate anxiety, decrease stress, and treat symptoms of depression and other nervous system disorders.
Furthermore, cornflower floral water aids in the relief of sunburns and skin problems, To cure common disorders such as tissue inflammation, skin irritation, pain, rheumatism, and infections, add the blossoms to a soothing herbal bath. A strong tea made from the flowers can be used as a wash to help get rid of dandruff or used topically for effectively washing out minor wounds. It is also used, often with great success on mouth ulcers
It can help improve digestion, offer relief from constipation symptoms and improve bowel motions. On top of that, it is a gentle diuretic that helps to regulate kidney function. This also makes it an excellent herb for shedding water weight. It also helps improve immunity and prevent infections, helping to treat fevers.
Women take it for menstrual disorders and menstrual cramps, as well as for vaginal yeast infections.
Cornflower blooms are edible in addition to their medicinal properties. It is a tradition that Earl Grey Tea should have a smattering of Blue Cornflower Petals blended in with the bergamot infused tea leaves.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!