Maroon Cornflower / Black Gem (Centaurea Cyanus)
This dramatic burgundy annual cornflower grows to at least 90cm. The plants have an upright habit with long grey/green leaves and produce tall dark maroon double flowers.
The flowers of Centaurea cyanus can be eaten raw, dried, or cooked. Dried petals are used in teas and spices. Their main purpose is to add color to the drinks or foods. There are cheeses or oils that contain raw petals. Petals can also be added to salads, drinks, or desserts for garnishing purposes in raw or dried form.
Extracts from the flower heads have anti-inflammatory properties used in the treatment of minor ocular inflammations. Furthermore, extracts of the flower head and vegetative parts of the plant were shown to have gastroprotective effects.
◉ 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!