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Plant Power’s latest and greatest floral water is distilled from a deep blue flower, Centaurea cyanus that has been used for centuries for its beautifying properties and decorative features in food and fashion. The cornflower plant is often thought of as a beneficial edible weed, and is used in tea blends and as a colourful addition to summer salads.
Cornflower water can be used and marketed as a natural (alcohol-free) toner for devitalized skin, a component in hydrating facial masks and creams, and as a healing agent in products designed to treat swollen, itchy eyes. Mixed with peppermint, it may help cool menopausal hot flashes. This refreshing cleanser has mild astringent and antiseptic properties, making it gentle enough for use on children and people with delicate skin. It is not recommended for women in their first trimester of pregnancy.
Cornflower’s blue colour stems from the protocyanin, which in roses is red. Steam distillation of currently blooming flowers happens between June and August so order yours while it is at its most brilliant freshness!
Fun fact: Cornflowers were thought to be a symbol of a man’s love. The longer they remained fresh while worn in a young man’s chest pocket, the stronger his love for his girl.
Calendula Officinalis (also known as Marigold) is a daisy-like flower that blooms from late spring until the first winter frost. It is a therapeutic flower used for centuries in treating skin problems and scars. It remains quite popular with today’s holistic healers.
A calming tonic, calendula has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and regenerative properties. A bath with a few drops of calendula taken on a regular basis calms psioriasis and slows the spread of the disease. Likewise, it can be used in mouthwashes and gargles, cosmetics, lotions, creams, ointments, and even baby wipes. This viscous, musky oil is completely non-toxic. It can be used to treat bruises, cold sores, cuts and wounds, dermatitis, frostbite, acne and chicken pox scars, as well as abdominal pain and dysmenorrhoea.
Calendula blends well with Lavender, Rose otto, Frankincense, and Lemon essential oils. Simply add a few drops to carrier oil such as jojoba, a drop or two of one of the above oils, and you’ve got yourself a powerful healing blend.
Fun fact: Calendula is referred to as “poor man’s saffron” as its orange petals can be used as dye for cheeses, butters, savoury dishes, and even fabric. Petals are sometimes used as decoration and can be eaten in soups and salads.