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Centaurea cyanus


Centaurea cyanus

CORNFLOWERS

According to the ancient "Doctine of Signatures" the Cornflower's brilliant blue, star-like flowers indicated that they were good for the eyes.

Though some might label the Doctrine of Signatures philosophy as "silly nonsense", the age-old wisdom proved to be correct in the case of Centaurea cyanus. Extracts of the flower heads have indeed been found to possess mild anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, and continue to be used in modern phytotherapy to relieve minor eye inflammation.

In addition, recent pharmacological studies have confirmed the anti-inflammatory properties of Centaurea cyanus, believed to be due to the presence of polysaccharides (mainly galacturonic acid, arabinose, glucose, rhamnose and galactose) in its flower heads(1).

Skin Care Benefits:
Astringent, Soothing, Anti-inflammatory


Alchemilla Products Containing this Herb:

Face Care
- Eye Contour Gel
- Eye Contour Cream
- Gentle Plant Purifying Masque

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References:

(1) "Anti-inflammatory and immunological effects of Centaurea cyanus flower-heads", Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 68, Issues 1-3, December 1999, Pages 235-241

D Brown, "Encyclopedia of Herbs", Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc., 2005


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