Latin name: Centaurea cyanus L.
Other names: Bachelor’s Button, Blue Bottle
Cornflower is a very popular plant in Poland, often regarded as a weed, distinctive flowers in blue are very valuable medicinal raw material. The raw material are single flowers without cage). An infusion of the flowers increases the quantity of urine so (sometimes several times) and is used in kidney disease associated with reduced secretion of urine, and swelling caused by water and salt retention in the body (this effect is attributed to the raw material contained in glikozydom antocyjanowym and was confirmed the clinical and pharmacological ). Adjunct in inflammatory glomerular and renal pelvis, and also in nephrolithiasis. It also increases the amount of bile secretion, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial work. The infusion is also often used externally as a rinse for thrush and dandruff as well as compresses on the eyes, inflammation of the eye, blepharitis, conjunctivitis and eye sensitivity to sunlight and radiation from the TV screen or monitor. In addition to anthocyanins Cornflower also contains flavonoids, organic acids, minerals and large amounts of manganese.