Cornflower tea has long been noted by practitioners of herbal medicine for ages. It is known as an herb with substantial astringent and antiseptic properties. In the olden days, the leaves or seeds of the cornflower were steeped in wine and taken as a cure for pestilential fevers.
Cornflower is an annual herb that’s typically grown as a garden flower. The flower has a brilliant blue hue and is perched atop a wiry and erect stem that grows up to 1 to 2 feet. The leaves are usually of a grayish-green hue and are lance-shaped.
Known by its scientific name of centaurea cyanus, the cornflower is thought to have originated from the Turkey and Greece area. It now grows wild in Europe and North America.
The active constituents of cornflower are flavonoids, coumarins and sesquiterpene lactones. These are mainly found in the petals, seeds and leaves of the cornflower. To make cornflower tea, place a tsp of the dried herbs in a cup of boiling water. Let the mix stand for about 5 to 7 minutes then drink.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this tea:
- Believed to support good digestion.
- May help protect the liver.
- May help in the treatment of rheumatic ailments.
- May help stop bleeding in wounds.
- May help enhance protection from various infection.
- May help in the treatment of urinary tract infection.
- When applied as an eyewash this tea may help in the treatment of conjunctivitis. It may also help rejuvenate tired eyes.
- When applied topically this tea may help alleviate yeast infection.