Latin Name: Centaurea cyanus
With its star-like blossoms of brilliant blue, it is one of our most striking wild-flowers. Petals are small, and fine which means collecting 15 g is over 300 flowers!
There was a famous French eyewash, 'Eau de Casselunettes' which was made from the pressed flowers. This distilled product was formerly used as a remedy for weak eyes and for which the plant gets part of its name 'aurea'. The flowers are the part used in modern herbal medicine and are considered to have tonic and stimulant properties, with action similar to that of Blessed Thistle.
The pressed juice of the petals makes a good blue ink; if mixed with alum-water, it may be used in water-colour drawing. It dyes linen a beautiful blue, but the colour is not permanent.
The dried petals are used by perfumers for giving colour to pot-pourri.
Usage: mixed with witch hazel for an effect skin toner. Usually mixed with teas and tisanes: prepare an infusion using 1 heaping tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:1 dry plant tincture: 30-60 drops in a little water 1-4 times per day.
Amount: 15 grams