Cornflowers Centaurea cyanus

Centaurea cyanus
  • Common Names
  • Cornflowers , Bachelor’s-button, , bluebottle, bluebonnets
  • Botanical Name
  • Centaurea cyanus
  • Syn. Leucacantha cyanus
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Cornflowers

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How to Use: Cornflowers

The petals of cornflowers are the part used in herbal folklore. According to M. Grieve “ cornflowers are considered to have tonic, stimulant and emmenagogue properties, with action similar to that of Blessed Thistle.” An infusion of the flower petals was used as an eyewash and as an astringent mouthwash. 1

Preparation Methods & Dosage :An infusion of the flowers is used externally as a skin and eye wash, a hair rinse, and in a poultice to treat wounds.

Cornflowers Side Effects: none noted

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Plant Description

Centaurea cyanus is a commonly cultivated garden ornamental, often included in wildflower seed mixes. Native to the near East, cornflowers now grow wild over much of temperate North America, in grasslands, woodlands and along roadways.

Regional Traditions :European *

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Maud Grieve Modern Herbal Vol I & II 1931