Cornflowers are medicinal plants with blue flowers. They can be used for therapeutic purposes as they have astringent, disinfectant, spasmolytic, diuretic, calming, antidiarrheal and tonic properties.
Usually, cornflowers are used to treat eye inflammations, conjunctivitis and eyelids inflammations, but they have also proven to be efficient in preventing and eliminating gallstones. They can also make your eyes healthy and your skin more glowing.
What do cornflowers contain
All these therapeutic properties cornflowers have are offered by polyenes, bitter substances, glycoside, tannin, mucilage, potassium salt, cyanine and manganese.
Reduce cholesterol and eliminate gallstones with cornflower infusion
An infusion made of cornflowers will have diuretic and astringent properties. It is able to reduce the development of gallstones and can even lead to their elimination. This action is attributed to the tannin and glycoside. This treatment is also useful for preventing high cholesterol the formation of bile salts that lead to heart diseases and gallstones.
In order to prepare this infusion, you must add one teaspoon of flowers to 100 ml of boiling water. Drink 3 cups of this infusion per day, before every meal. For a complete diuretic action, you can also add birch leaves, cranberry leaves and cherry tails.
Cornflowers compresses for the eyes
Dried cornflowers can be used as healthy baths for the eyes and any associated eye irritations. They hydrate the eyes, eliminate toxins and remove dark circles. Moreover, cornflowers can also combat the apparition of small wrinkles at the corner of the eye.
You will need 1 ½ tablespoon of cornflowers and a cup of water. Boil them together and let the infusion steep for about 5 minutes. Soak the compresses into the solution and apply them on your face for 30 minutes, twice a week.
Cornflowers for sunburns
Cornflowers can calm the burnt skin that has been exposed to the sun for too long.
Mix cornflowers and yogurt in equal parts and soak a few compresses in this solution. Apply them on the affected areas for 30 minutes. Repeat the treatment every two hours and remove the mixture with cold water.
Natural dye for gray hair
Cornflowers can be a useful dye for your gray hair, offering it glowing silvery-blue reflections.
Pour one cup of boiling water over one cup of dried cornflowers, letting the mixture steep for 6 hours. Cover the pot with a lid. After that, strain the liquid and add one tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Soak a piece of cotton-wool in this solution and dab the hair, strand by strand.
Cornflowers for your skin
In order to have a smooth, fresh, hydrated and healthy skin, you can use a mask made of cornflowers, oat and honey. You will need one teaspoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of mashed oatmeal and 2 tablespoons of concentrated cornflowers infusion.
Mix the infusion with the oatmeal, then add the honey and mix thoroughly. Apply the composition on your face and neck and leave it on for 30 minutes. Use lukewarm water to remove the mask.