ALBANIA. Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), Flowers, Certified Organic
Common names: A’Nber, Aciano, Bachelor’s Buttons, Blue Cap, Bluebottle, Blue-blow, Cyanus, Gogglebuster, Hurtsickle, Korenbloem, Mawi Pighember Chichegi, Peygamber Cicegi, Sentoria
The Cornflower originated in the Near East, where it grew as a weed in grain fields (“corn” is an old word for all kinds of grains, not just maize), and later spread to other temperate areas including Europe, North America, and parts of Australia. Its beautiful blue color, related to the pigment protocyanin, has made it popular as an ornamental flower, sometimes added to salads, and useful in dyes, and as a colorant for teas and potpourris.
French herbalists use a strained infusion of Cornflower, Eau de Casselunettes, as an eyewash for weak or inflamed eyes. Tea made from the petals has been given as a laxative and bitter tonic to improve digestion, to enhance resistance to infection, to support the liver and gall bladder, to treat menstrual disorders and vaginal yeast infections, and as a diuretic in urinary tract diseases.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with any herbal medicines, you should contact your doctor to ensure Cornflower is right for you.