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  Cornflower Hydrosol (no ratings yet)
Centaurea cyanus , organically produced by an artisan distiller in the US, also called Garden Cornflower, Bachelors Button, or Bluet


Every so often (perhaps once a decade) we are able to source this rare hydrosol, so I am delighted to be able to make it available again! 

Taught to be the specific for red, hot, swollen, tired, or itchy eyes. Use in a compress for a stye or conjunctivitis. An excellent choice for dry, devitalized, mature skin or crepey eyelids.

Research continues to reveal the hydrosol contains many beneficial properties: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, astringent, styptic (stops minor bleeding), calming, relaxing, and regenerating.  Skin soothing and toning.  Gentle for blotchiness and as a sunburn spray.  Non-drying to the skin.  A wonderful toner for delicate skin, and cleanser for baby's skin.

Jeanne Rose says it can be used for washing out wounds and mouth ulcers, and of course, that the major application is for the treatment of the eye area: corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis and minor wounds.

According to Suzanne Catty: taken internally it is a mild diuretic. I (Marge) have seen it recommended as a douche for reproductive or urinary tract infections and as an excellent compress for bruises, especially in combination with Helichrysum hydrosol.  Some sources also recommend it for hot flashes that come with menopause. 

Please avoid Cornflower's use during the first three months of pregnancy. (I don't know why, but I've read that warning somewhere, and would rather be safe than sorry!)  I have read it can lower blood pressure so that could possibly be the reason for this admonition. 

Caveat: Although the most often recommended use for Cornflower Hydrosol is as an eyewash, please be aware this product does not contain a preservative. Please store under refrigeration and keep free of contaminants. 

Our hydrosols are packaged in PET bottles with atomizer tops for ease of use. Hydrosols are perishable: keep refrigerated. For more information on how they’re made and their uses, click here.

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