Cornflower: the medicine flower with a thousand properties

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Cornflower is a plant with characteristic blue-blue flowers that boasts numerous properties and can be used as a natural remedy in various situations, especially for the well-being of the eyes and mucous membranes. So let's discover all the benefits of this medicine flower.

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Il cornflower it is a plant with characteristics azure-blue flowers boasting numerous properties and can be used as a natural remedy in various situations, especially for the well-being of the eyes and mucous membranes. So let's find out all the benefits of this flower medicine.

Everyone should have a cornflower plant (Centaurea Cyanus) in their garden, in fact its flowers are able to attract hoverflies and ladybirds, useful insects considered natural friends of the garden. Also during the flowering period they can be harvested for prepare cornflower water at home (the recipe below) or infusions to be used when needed.


Cornflower is one of the most used natural remedies for eye well-being. In particular, the flowers are rich in decongestant and anti-inflammatory substances very useful in case of tired eyes, conjunctivitis problems, sty but also to relieve inflammation in case of allergies.


Cornflower flowers can also be used for stimulate diuresis and for promote the purification of the organism since they help in the elimination of toxins. This plant is a fundamental ingredient of the herbal tea of ​​Buddhist monks, its role in the mix of ingredients is not only to give a good flavor to the drink but also to increase its diuretic as well as anti-inflammatory power.


Thanks to the presence of flavonoids and other antioxidants, cornflower flowers tend to burn out and are often used not only in the form of eye drops but also as infusions, lavenders or tablets useful for eliminate inflammation which can appear in different parts of the body. For example, the infusion of cornflower can help to relieve the oral cavity in case of sore throat or, given its astringent qualities, help in case of diarrhea or gastrointestinal problems.

Cornflower flowers are great also allies of the skin and making compresses with this plant can help reduce inflammation due to the presence of acne or eczema. Also useful as natural anti-wrinkle treatment.

Finally, the infusion of cornflower is a excellent anti-dandruff treatment, simply use it to make the last rinse once your hair has been washed. To prepare it, just leave a tablespoon of cornflower flowers in boiling water for about 10 minutes. It can then be conveniently used, after filtering it, using cotton pads to make, for example compresses for tired eyes or in case of conjunctivitis.


Those who have little time can buy cornflower water ready at the herbalist's shop, those who have fresh flowers available and want to try their hand at self-production can easily make cornflower water at home. However, you need to have at least 500 grams of fresh flowers as well as distilled water (1 liter).
First you need to collect the flowers and put them in a pot together with the distilled water. At this point bring to a boil and leave on the stove for about 15 minutes. Now your cornflower water is ready, you just have to filter it, pour it into a dark bottle and keep it cool.

This simple natural solution is great as face tonic, as make-up remover, like refreshing for the body, to make compresses against dark circles and as already mentioned in place of other anti-dandruff treatments.

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