Cornflower field, blue cornflower, blue cornflower, as well as hair and even bluish. The legends about this wonderful flower are invented no less than the names. For example, one of the Roman legends says that he inherited his flower name from one young man who was incredibly fascinated by the beauty of blue flowers: he dressed in all blue, spent his days on the fields while they were covered with cornflowers, made wreaths of them. But once he was found dead on a field covered with his favorite flowers.
Then the Goddess Flora repaid the young man for his loyalty to her throughout his life: she turned his body into the same flower, which from now on was called "Cornflower".
Cornflower is an annual plant, branchy stem, up to 80 cm long. The lower leaves are pinnate, the upper ones are linear, they are covered with rough hairs. The flowers are bright blue, gathered in an inflorescence - an oblong basket measuring 2-3 cm. At the ends of the shoots are single baskets. It blooms from June to September, the fruits ripen from July to October.
Where to looking for?
Cornflower is growing meadow, as can be understood from the name, on meadows, forest edges and along roadsides. Sometimes grows like a weed in the fields.
Features of the collection
Medicinal raw materials are flower baskets and grass of cornflower meadow, they should be harvested during the flowering period. It is necessary to dry the raw materials under a shed, in a room that is regularly ventilated, or in an oven at temperatures up to 30 degrees.
Contraindications: the plant is little studied, therefore, contraindications have not yet been identified.
Strictly observe the prescribed dosage of cornflower meadow drugs. They contain highly active compounds with a cyan component, a large number of which in the body leads to poisoning.
1 teaspoon of cornflower meadow flowers brew in a glass of boiling water. Let it brew for 45 minutes, strain. Take the infusion of 50 ml each time before meals for 15-20 minutes. This light diuretic will help you with kidney and urinary tract diseases.
With varicose veins
Compresses from the cooled cornflower infusion will help you to get rid not only of the "star disease", but also of tired legs. 1.5 tablespoons of cornflower flowers Pour 0.5 liters of boiling water and leave for 1 hour.
For eye diseases
Infusion for washing and lotions: 1 tablespoon of flowers pour 1 glass of boiling water. Insist until cool. Apply cold.
Infusion of cornflower blooming grass: 1 tablespoon of raw materials pour a glass of boiling water. Wait until it cools down. Strain and insist another 15 minutes. Drink ½ cup three times a few minutes before a meal.
Fresh cornflower can also be used for medicinal purposes. Dab a bunch of fresh grass with hot water, wrap in cheesecloth - apply such hot pads to your body for pain.
Mix in equal parts the flowers of cornflower, flowers of black elderberry and grass of Lnjanki ordinary. 1.5 tablespoons of this mixture pour two cups of boiling water and leave for 1 night. Strain and use for rinsing and instillation in the eyes, as well as for compresses during conjunctivitis.
½ cups of cornflowers with baskets brew 1/2 liter of boiling water, leave, close the lid for half an hour, strain and pour the whole infusion together with the raw materials into a pre-set bath with a water temperature equal to your body temperature. Take a bath for 10-15 minutes. This will help you relieve fatigue and return the tone to the body.