Useful and therapeutic properties of cornflower blue ( pale yellow )

August 12, 2017 17:59 | Drug Plants

One-biennial herbaceous plant up to 50 cm tall, slightly cobwebby-fibrous.The root of the weak stem, branched.Stem erect, branched.Basal leaves petiolate, alternate, entire or lobed, obovate-lanceolate, sessile.Stem leaves linear or linear-lanceolate, sessile.The flowers in baskets, singly located on long stalks, outer - barren, blue, funnel-shaped, inner-tube, purple - fruit-bearing.Wrap baskets from the leaves of various shapes: ovoid with membranous outer rim, with filmy internal lanceolate appendage.Fruit - achene brown-gray with tufted.It blooms in June and July.

It grows as a weed in crops and in fallow fields, meadows in all regions of Russia.

Medicinal raw materials are funnel-shaped flowers of the boundary.Collection of flowers produced in the period of full bloom.Flowers are pulled from the torn baskets and immediately dried in a dark, well-ventilated area.Ready raw material - blue flowers - should not include flower baskets more than 1%, faded flowers - more than 6%.

The flowers of cornflow

er contains bitter glycoside tsentaurin (knitsin), cyanine (colorant), etc.

In medical practice, the flowers are used as an infusion or as a mild diuretic and cholagogue:. 1 h of flowers spoon to make a glass of boiling water, 20.minutes, cool and strain.Take 1/4 cup 20 minutes before meals 3 times a day.Furthermore, cornflower colors included in the diuretic tea.

In folk medicine, the flowers of cornflower used as a choleretic, diuretic and diaphoretic: in dropsy, jaundice, inflammation of the kidneys, bladder, and cold;with cystitis, nervous disorders, uterine bleeding;when frightened children watered broth and bathe in it for toothache;in erysipelas

fumigate the smoke from the burning of inflorescences;of consumption, with bloody urine, have antispasmodic properties.

Broth marginal flowers are often used as a lotion for the eyes with certain eye diseases as anti-inflammatory, and sometimes as a cauterizing and disinfectant.A decoction of the flowers is used externally for night blindness.In the treatment it is necessary to follow a diet: often eat the liver, cod liver oil.


Broth: 1 teaspoon of flowers per cup of boiling water.drink 1/4 cup 3 times a day topically applied as a lotion.

Infusion: 1:10.

liquid extract at 40 ° cent alcohol: 1:10.

Cornflower is part of diuretic teas with the following composition: the flowers of cornflower - 1 part licorice root - 1 part of bearberry leaf - 3 pieces.