Herb of the Day: Cyani or Cornflower


Cornflower (centaurea cyanus)

Parts used: Leaves, stem, flower, roots

Native Americans used cornflower for such ailments as snakebites, insect bites, cuts and wounds. The actions of cornflower are similar to Blessed Thistle (See Blessed Thistle in Herb of the Day). Many herbalists tout the properties of cornflower as being very beneficial to the nervous system. The distillate of an infusion of cornflower can even be used for people with eye problems.
The herb itself has some first-aid properties. Crush up the dried herb and put it in a compress for bruises and sprains. Use cornflower in your herb wine is believed to be able to keep away the plague and other infectious diseases. Also good for ulcers and canker sores and has even been used as a remedy for temporary paralysis.

Aids with:

conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, dermatitis, diseases, eye disorders, fevers, indigestion, infections, mumps, nervous disorders, poisonous bites and stings, weak sight, stings, toothache

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