We are all used to seeing in cornflowers the beautiful flowers, which are often mentioned in songs, poems and works. However, in addition, the cornflower has earned great fame as a useful product. This gentle meadow flower is of great benefit, and in this article we will try to tell you what exactly the cornflower is useful for. In addition, you will learn the recipes for its using in the certain diseases.
Please, note that the cornflower happens meadow's and dark blue's. These are slightly different varieties; however, the range of applications they have is very similar. These plants are particularly similar in composition, and the striking differences can only be seen externally. To meet both of them are very simple: they grow almost everywhere, the cornflowers can be found in the meadows, the fields, by the roadsides, in the cottage and kitchen gardens. The plant is flowering mainly from May to August.
In a cornflower composition there is the coloring pigments − cyanine and hieralgonine. Also, it includes the glycosides, the tannins and flavonoids, the steroids, a small amount of ascorbic acid and the mineral salts.
Medications and preparations based on meadow and blue cornflowers are used as dyes, as well as for edema of cardiac or renal origin. The cornflower is popular with the cystitis and the nephritis, with the kidney disease, the pyelonephritis, the urethritis, and also as a remedy for the choleretic effect.
The use of cornflowers was found a very long time ago, still in the folk-, and now it is successfully used in the official medicine. Thus, infusions and decoctions of these flowers are useful in the diseased kidneys, the bladder ailments, with the malaria and the edemas. The lotions from the blue cornflowers are useful at the lacrimation, as well as for the conjunctivitis. The cornflower helps to improve an appetite.
With the help of cornflowers the following diseases are treated:
- kidney failure and urethritis;
- hypertension and anorexia;
- constipation and cystitis;
- malaria and barley.
Attention, please! The cornflower and all its derivatives, including infusions, decoctions and the like, are contraindicated for the pregnant and lactating women, for the lactation, etc. Also, they are contraindicated in the uterine bleeding.
The cornflower has found wide application in the cosmetology. It is useful for the skin around the eyes (in this place it is especially sensitive), so the masks based on these flowers will be useful for toning. This flower is capable of returning the eyes' radiance and shine, to relieve of edemas, tumescence, pouches under the eyes.
It is used for dry skin on hands, face and legs. A small bath out of the cornflowers will be an excellent remedy for these parts of the body. The cornflower will also help get rid of pimples, acne and other defects on the face.
The cornflowers are useful and for the hair loss. It is enough once in three days, during the first month to rub the flowers' infusion of blue cornflower. Through this time you will feel a tangible result, and the hair will no longer bother you.
The cornflower infusion is as a diuretic, a choleretic and an antimicrobial agent: put one tablespoon of flowers into the enameled bowl, pour over about 7 oz of hot boiled water, close the lid and heated the mixture in a water bath for 15 minutes. Insist 45 minutes and filter. After that, bring the volume with boiled water to the original. Take warm, one tablespoon three times a day.
With the conjunctivitis, the blepharitis, the weakness of eyesight, the inflammation of the eye mucosa: one-two teaspoons of flowers fill with 7 oz of boiling water, insist for one hour and filter. Use the warm infusion for the eye lotions six-eight times a day. By the way, it will be doubly more useful if three times a day, 15-20 minutes after a meal − drinking about two oz of the same infusion.
With a cold, like an antipyretic agent in ARI, fevers and a headache: one teaspoon of cornflowers fill with 7 oz of boiling water, insist 30 minutes and filter. Take 1.8-2.5 oz three times a day.
A tea to stimulate appetite and improve digestion: one teaspoon of crushed flowers fills with 7 oz of boiling water, insist 30 minutes and filter. Take 1.8 oz three-four times a day, 20 minutes before meals.
Infusion of cornflower's petals on vodka: cut the petals from the flowers; pour the vodka from the calculation of 1:10. Insist two weeks in a dark cool place, periodically shaking, and filter. Take 20-30 drops, diluted in a tablespoon of warm water, three-four times a day before meals.
For cystitis: one teaspoon of petals, pour over about 7 oz of boiling water, insist for one1 hour and filter. Take 1.7-2.4 oz two-three times a day before meals.
With a decrease in appetite: a half of the tablespoon of cornflowers, pour one cup of boiling water, insist two hours and filter. Drink all infusion in small sips for 30 minutes before eating.
For oily, porous skin: one tablespoon of flowers pours with one cup of boiling water; insist 30 minutes and filter. Wipe the skin with a cotton disc dipped in the infusion, two-three times a day.
In short, the meadow and blue cornflowers have such useful properties. Of course, we recommend to consult with a doctor before using them and not to engage in self-medication, especially with the serious ailments and diseases.