Blueberry blossom for healthy infusions!
Discover all there is to know about the blueberry flower!
Today, a little overview of a plant as visual as useful, the Cornflower!
A plant, several species:
Cornflower, of the genus Centaurea (medicinal meaning of which we do not know well the benefits, at the time of the attribution of the name), belongs to the family of Asteraceae.
There are two types of blueberries, cornflower and mountain blueberry.
We will first of all be interested in Cornflower, namely the Centaurea cyanus.
Cornflower is often referred to as bad because of its propensity to grow in the middle of different fields of cereal.
As a result, many farmers hunted him out, which led him to see his numbers and development greatly diminish, to the point of becoming rare. But we will come back to this passage in the anecdotes part!
The blueberry flower has a very visual look. Indeed, it may be blue, purple, pink or even white! But it is in its shape that we particularly notice the Cornflower, especially thanks to its ciliated edges, giving it the appearance of big and beautiful eyes. And because nature is well made, its benefits are closely linked to the health of the eyes! This aspect and its benefits often give it the nickname of "break-glasses" (in agreement with its benefits for the fight against certain diseases such as conjunctivitis).
Due to the hunt for cornflowers (fields), we can not find any particular areas for its development, and it has been able to adapt to different soils, so we can find in various places, it is called "cosmopolitan ".
We finally find the Centaurea montana, be the cornflower of the mountains.
Unlike cornflower, we find the cornflower mountains, on mountain (logic).
Measuring generally around 50cm to 60cm high, it can nevertheless varied in height according to different factors (or the type of plant).
Like its blueberry cousin, we find the cornflower of the mountains mainly in Europe, and especially in the Alps. Today, we find it also in America (North), as well as in Asia.
Whatever its type, the cornflower sees its flowering period in early summer, from May until July.
The benefits of blueberry and its infusions:
Cornflowers have always been considered medicinal plants, however, what is known about their benefits over time, and their attributes may vary by species (so mountain blueberries do not necessarily the same benefits as blueberry fields).
In the broadest sense, cornflower has long been attributed to the benefits of the eyes, namely to fight against conjunctivitis mainly, but also against inflammations of the skin. While mountain cornflower are credited with the benefits of digestion. Nevertheless, these attributes can vary according to the studies, and the benefits often intersect.
The only information we are sure to have in common is their preparation, most of them made in infusion! At Hina-Tea, they are placed in our category dedicated to blueberry flowers, where are present different teas like our « flower festival », real flower cocktails!
The discovery and recognition of more "current" benefits are closely related to deepening and researching Ayurvedic medicine.
Because of its strong composition in flavonoids, glycosides and indoles, we attribute to this plant various benefits related to diabetes care including, but also digestive, as well as against cardiovascular diseases.
From a purely scientific point of view, we find on wikipedia (part medicinal uses) a part related to its anti-cancer characteristics. Thus, the cornflower has an "indole", called "montamine". The montamine would be an element fighting against the cancer, in particular that of the colon.
Hina-Tea does not have a degree in medicine (despite our best efforts), we will not venture into the veracity of anti-cancer treatments, and we leave you to seek the advice of qualified doctors and graduates on this subject.
Be that as it may, cornflowers have been used for a long time and still are, for the benefits mentioned above.
For information, blueberries are among the berries with the highest concentration of antioxidants.
Even if it is not qualified as "super-food", the cornflower is a plant therefore quite exceptional for the health, and is to be consumed without moderation!
Cornflower and its anecdotes:
First anecdote, nature is well done!
Widely considered as bad grass in the world of agriculture, this plant has undergone several twists. First of all, its visual aspect plays in its favor, and its development in the garden spreads more and more.
The first "rebound" was simply putting it under protection in certain geographical areas. In France for example, it is currently protected in Moselle and its surroundings.
It is particularly protected in Switzerland, as well as in Belgium
In France, cornflower has found a new "healthy ally" through its greater recognition of its benefits, but also thanks to chemicals and development of the organic market, explanations!
As we have written, cornflower have long been considered a bad grass in the world of agriculture (and still are), because of their tendency to grow in different fields of grain.
Thus, many farmers using chemicals took the opportunity to get rid of this plant. With the rise of the organic market, and the fight against chemicals, the cornflower is protected, and paradoxically, currently a field containing cornflower, is therefore a sign of a field without chemicals. Thus the "bad grass" (for agriculture, in the sense of yield) becomes a sign of good organic health for farms.
- The cornflower is the commemorative sign of the First World War, and is used to remember veterans and war victims. On gouvrnment website, you will find various explanations about this, such as the fact that the cornflower was the only plant resistant to hell trenches, and then would have been noticed by our soldiers: « This flower was then the testimony of life that continues in the heart of chaos. ".
- The new recruits sent to the front during the First World War, were nicknamed "blueberries", due to the color of their new uniforms.
-Some shades of blue, are called blueberries, in reference to this plant.
-This plant is also used in cooking, mainly for its visual aspect, in decoration of dishes.
-The Cornflower also sees its in-depth and more advanced studies thanks to its increased use in different cosmetic products.