White cornflower petals, also known as Bachelor's Button, are delicate and beautiful flowers that have been used for centuries for their various health benefits and culinary uses. These petals have a mild and slightly sweet taste and are perfect for adding a subtle floral note to tea blends, baked goods, salads, and other culinary creations.
White cornflower petals are packed with antioxidants, which can help to protect the body against damage from free radicals. They are also rich in flavonoids, which are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to reduce inflammation in the body and protect against chronic diseases. Additionally, these petals are high in vitamin C, which can boost the immune system and improve skin health.
To enjoy the many health benefits of white cornflower petals, they can be brewed into a tea by steeping a teaspoon of petals in hot water for 5-10 minutes. The tea can be enjoyed on its own or sweetened with honey or another natural sweetener. White cornflower petals can also be used to add a beautiful and flavorful touch to desserts such as cakes, cookies, and custards.
In traditional medicine, white cornflower petals have been used to help soothe digestive issues such as bloating and gas. They have also been used to help treat coughs and colds due to their anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. White cornflower petals are also believed to have calming properties, and can be used to help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
COMMON NAME Standardized: cornflower white Other: bachelor's button, cyani
BOTANICAL NAME Centaurea cyanus Plant Family: Asteraceae
INTRODUCTION Cornflower white is a common wildflower that has been cultivated as a garden flower for centuries. Originally a native of the Near East, cornflower now grows wild over much of Europe and the temperate regions of North America. The cornflower white gets its formal name from a minor goddess, Cyanus, and its genus name from a mythical Centaur (from the Greek Centaurea), whose name was Chiron. Chiron was a renowned herbalist in Greek mythology, and is credited with teaching mankind about the healing power of herbs. In many areas of the Europe, cornflowers are considered invasive weeds, despite the fact that they are also sought after garden flowers. They are annuals and biennials that often self sow and reseed themselves, making them difficult to eradicate. They got the name Bachelor's buttons in Victorian England because young women would wear them as a sign of availability.
CONSTITUENTS Anthocyans, coumarins, flavonoids
PARTS USED Petals
TYPICAL PREPARATIONS Infusion, Cornflower petals are also very popular as ingredient in soaps, bath bombs, candles, potpourri, confetti and dyes.
PRECAUTIONS Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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