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Cornflower 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 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 U.S., 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.Nowadays, coriander is used as a flavoring agent in pharmaceuticals, alcohol (vermouth, bitters, and gin), frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, and various meat products.

Cornflower is still used as an eyewash in some parts of France. The mild astringent and antiseptic qualities make it particularly useful against conjunctivitis and inflammation around the eyes. In addition, cornflower is often added to shampoos or the infusion used as a hair rinse to help treat eczema of the scalp. A douche made of a decoction of cornflower can be used in cases of candida (yeast infections). Also of important note; the flowers have been used to create a natural blue dye for centuries.



Magic/ Occult: Cornflower has been around as a magical tool for a long time. It's uses included enhancing psychic abilities, fertility, love, sex, and abundance. The flowers are used to decorate alters and the dried flower is carried in sachets or amulets to attract lovers. One tradition is to sprinkle the dried flower on the right shoe when looking for a new lover. For enhancement of psychic abilities it was combined with other psychic herbs and drunk in a tea. 


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