Centaurea cyanus is an erect annual plant with lance-shaped leaves that are about 10-20cms long. Dark blue flower-heads (about 3cms across), with violet-blue inner florets are borne from late spring to midsummer. An essential oil is not usually produced from this plant, but the hydrolat has been produced for many years for its calming properties.
Cornflower hydrolat has a lovely fresh, green aroma that is extremely unobtrusive and pleasant. The main chemical constituents found on analysis are 4-9% eucalyptol, 35-72% alcohols and 22-26% aldehydes, making this hydrolat stimulating and tonic.
Hydrolats are the aromatic waters produced by the steam distillation of botanical material, usually during the production of essential oils. Hydro means water and lat comes from the word for milk, because when fresh these waters can be cloudy or milky from the suspended soluble plant extracts.
Hydrolats are gentle and effective. They contain only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material plus microscopic drops of the essential oils. They may be used undiluted without problems but it is usually unnecessary as they are just as effective in dilution – less can be more! Generally calming and soothing.
How to use
|SKIN||Use hydrolats as facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.|
|ROOM FRESHENERS||Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment. |
|BATHS||Add up to 100ml to an adult bath and 50ml to a child’s bath|
|COMPRESS||Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to ease everyday stresses and strains. For a cold compress use a cold cloth and for warm, use a warm cloth.|