Centaurea, Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus

Centaurea, Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus

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Name: Centaurea cyanus L.
Harvest: From May the flowers are collected first and then the leaves.
Properties: Calming, anti-inflammatory, emollient, purifying, diuretic.
Family: Composite.
Common names: Mureghetta, bluet, battisocere, country flower, field carnation, treadmill.

Centaurea, Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus: Property

Habitat: In uncultivated fields and in the cultivation of cereals up to 1000 meters.
Parts used: Flowers and leaves.
Storage: They dry in a few hours in shaded and airy areas.
Use: infusions and decoctions of leaves for internal use; infusion of flowers for external use.
Notes: Distilled water obtained from the flower of the cornflower is used in the preparation of eye drops. The cornflower infusion is also useful for giving bluish reflections to white hair, preventing yellowing.