Invasive Plants, Pacific Northwest
The Blue Cornflower was first introduced from Mediterranean area as a garden plant, but it soon escaped into the wild and now it can be found alongside dusty roads, open dry areas and even at river estuaries where I found the ones on this page.
The stems are stiff and erect, hairy and branched, they can reach heights of 1 meter. The basal leaves are lance shaped, the underside of the leaves are woolly and white. The stem leaves are smaller and more narrow. At the ends of the stems are one to several flowers. The flowers are comprised of a large purple ray flower surrounded by blue ribbon like petals. The flowers are mostly blue and purple but can be white, pink or dark blue. They are a beautiful flower to see.
The Cornflower plant has not been used as medicine for a long time, though the plant had been used for centuries, mostly for eyes and eyesight problems.
The Cornflower does have strong antiseptic properties and can be used for cuts, scrapes, and bruising of the skin. It is also used by herbalists as a remedy for conjunctivitis, eye swelling, puffiness, and pain of the eyes. To use on wounds, simply rub the cut end of a cornflower stem on the affected area. For an eye wash, you first make a tea from the flowers and stems, then soak a cloth and use as a compress.
You can use it to heal skin problems like acne, just boil the flowers and stems and then put a towel over your head and cover the bowl with the towel, after 15 minutes you can wash your face and believe me, you will feel a big difference.