Cornflower Petals (Centaurea cyanus)
Cornflower petals (Centaurea cyanus) are also known as bluebottle, part of the knapweed family.
It is a tall, slender, annual plant with long, fine, grey-green leaves. In the summer, it grows bright blue flowers. It is found in both cornfields and waste ground in Europe and western Asia.
Centaurea is named after the legendary centaur, Chiron, famed for his knowledge of herbs. Herbalists use cornflowers as an astringent herb, which is said to reduce inflammation and treat eye conditions, minor wounds and mouth ulcers.
We use cornflower petals in our Hard shampoo bar. When used on wet hair, the petals infuse with the water and care for the scalp.
In our T’eo deodorant bar, we use the blue petals to complement the wax base colour, and as a decorative finish.