Cornflower Hydrosol: benefits and uses in natural cosmetics

Hydrolats are not always by-products of essential oils. This is the case of Cornflower, whose hydrolate is widely known, and yet which does not produce an essential oil! It is the floral water par excellence for relieving eye problems such as conjunctivitis, styes, irritated or tired eyes. It is also soothing and anti-inflammatory skin. Latin name: Centaurea cyanus L. Distilled part: flowers

Who can use it?

Adults and Teens Children under 6 years old Pregnant and nursing women Babies under 3 years old

Main properties

  • anti-inflammatory : in vitro studies of cornflower hydrosol have demonstrated that it limits the production of pro-inflammatory molecules in the skin. Various clinical evaluations have also demonstrated its in vivo activity on the reduction of dark circles, puffiness and subocular wrinkles.
  • astringent, decongestant : Cornflower hydrosol will tone the skin tissue and tighten the pores thanks to its astringent action, which will improve the appearance of the skin. At the ophthalmic level, it decongests the eyes and swollen eyelids.
  • anti-oxidant : Cornflower hydrosol has an anti-oxidant effect to fight against the formation of oxygenated chemical species related to cellular aging.
  • soothing: the main property of Cornflower is to soothe tired and irritated eyes due to pollution, allergies or simply fatigue. It also soothes irritated or sun-damaged skin for example.

In case of Conjunctivitis, Stye

Efficiency : ++++

Easy to use

From 3 months of age. By skin, apply a sterile compress soaked with a teaspoon of cornflower hydrosol to the affected and closed eye. Maintain for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 times a day. Soak the compress a second time during the treatment.

Use in synergy

From 3 years of age. Use the following mixture as a gentle spray or eye bath, 3 times daily.

  • 50 mL cornflower hydrolate
  • 50 mL of Myrtle hydrolate

Source: Zahalka, J. P. (2017). Complete dictionary of hydrolats and floral waters: 100 treated pathologies. -: Dauphin.

For the Tired eyes, Irritated eyes

Efficiency : ++++

Easy to use

From 3 months of age. By cutaneous way, apply a compress soaked in cornflower hydrosol to the eyes and their contours, 2 times a day for 5 minutes.

Use in synergy

From 3 months of age. By skin, apply a compress soaked with the following mixture to the closed eyes for 5 to 10 minutes, morning and evening:

  • 1 teaspoon of cornflower hydrolate
  • 1 teaspoon of Roman Chamomile hydrolate

Source: Faucon, M., & Canac, P. (2018). Traité d'Aromathérapie scientifique et médicale, les hydrolats (1st ed.). Paris: Éd. Sangre de la Terre.n.

In case of Insect bite, Light burn, Irritated skin, Stings

Efficiency : +++

Easy to use

From 3 months of age. By skin, spray cornflower hydrosol, or soak a compress to apply to the affected area.

In case of Aphta, Gingivitis

Effectiveness: ++.

Easy to use

From 3 months of age. Orally, spray 1 to 2 times in the mouth at the gum or canker sore.

From 3 years of age. Orally, dilute 2 teaspoons of hydrosol in half a glass of water, then perform mouthwashes 2 to 3 times a day.

Characteristics and composition

Cosmetic characteristics
  • Skin type: dry, irritated, mature, dull, sensitive.

Main molecules
  • linalool
  • α-terpineol
  • 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol)

Organoleptic characteristics
  • Appearance: mobile liquid
  • Color: colorless to whitish
  • Odor: herbaceous, sweet, lemony.
  • Taste : herbaceous.
  • PH : 4.5 à 6.0

Botanical characteristics
  • Latin name: Centaurea cyanus L.
  • Botanical family: Asteraceae
  • Distilled part: flowers
  • Country of origin: France.
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