🌿🌿🌿In Russia, the cornflower has always been held in high esteem.🌿🌿🌿 According to legend, long ago a young mermaid fell in love with a beautiful blue-eyed young man Basil. To beloved always remembered her, the little mermaid spilled on his way blue water. Drops falling to the ground, immediately turned into beautiful blue flowers. But Vasil remained deaf to the suffering beauty. The offended mermaid drugged the boy and blue flowers, named in his honor cornflowers, since remind us of unrequited love.🌿🌿🌿
Knapweed blooms from June to September. Is a good honey plant. The fruit is yellowish gray pubescent achene with Pappus ripen in August-September. Reproduces only by seed.
Wild cornflower is most often seen in crops of rye. They say that in those countries where rye is cultivated and no wild cornflowers. Cornflower grows also in the crops of wheat, Lucerne and, less frequently, on slopes of ravines. In the old days of cornflowers did permanent paint, for dyeing wool in blue color.
As a medicinal and ornamental plant cornflower is grown by people since ancient days. For medicinal and cosmetic purposes in July-August to collect the bright blue marginal corollas of flowers without flower baskets. Rather, the first breaks the whole basket, then she pulled out the beaters the regional blue flowers, tubular.
Flowers of cornflower contain vitamins – A, C, flavonoids, coumarins, cyanine, polysaccharides, tannins, essential oil, bitter substances, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper.
They say that the cornflower of drugs for therapeutic purposes was prepared mythical Asclepius, who later became the God of medicine. Medicinal properties of cornflower blue described in the writings of Pliny the Elder and Aristotle.
Drugs from cornflower has antimicrobial, disinfectant, diuretic, choleretic, spasmolytic, diaphoretic, astringent and tonic properties.
Traditional medicine uses them for diseases of the stomach, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, urinary tract, pielity, cystitis, urethritis, colds, acute respiratory diseases, coughing, whooping cough, fever, palpitation, nerve disorder, headache with eye strain.
– Lotions do the same with eczema and boils.
Cornflower blue flowers have long been used in folk cosmetics.