(Centaurea Cyanus)

Botany & Composition

Daisy Family: Compositae

This fast growing, herbaceous annual grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet, in fields (often corn fields) meadows, gardens and on the sides of roads. They attract butterflies and are considered by some to be a weed or wildflower. Their chemical composition includes carbohydrates, protids, minerals (including calcium, iron and magnesium and Phenoic Compounds.

Geography: Indigenous to the Middle East and Europe and now cultivated worldwide.

Historical Uses

Cornflower use dates back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Due to its refreshing effects, it is popular in eye care products, including lotions and makeup removers, and in products for sensitive skin.

Stories & Legends

For centuries cornflowers were used to make ‘break spectacles water’ which Household Books in the 17th Century recommended for "alleviating the need to wear glasses" (Hatfield’s Herbal, 2007). In western folklore, lovesick men wore a Cornflower to find out if there love was reciprocated. If the flower faded fast, it symbolized unrequited love.

Found In

I-Waken Eye Serum