Cornflower is also known by the name “Bachelor’s Buttons”, but the botanical name is Centaurea cyanus. These vibrant colored flowers are distilled to make the hydrosol. This particular hydrosol is quite versatile- one reason I wanted to make it available (in Canada only, sorry!).

Safety first: Although this hydrosol is suitable for babies, it should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Shelf life: The average shelf life of this hydrosol is generally around 12- 14 months. It should be stored in a cook and dark place. Cornflower hydrosols may be purchased from boutique distillers, as they are not yet widely available. I find the aroma to be mildly earthy. It would blend well with rose or lavender.

Some of the uses for cornflower hydrosol include:

  • 1st aid applications:
    • eye compress for swollen, itchy eyes, or pink eye
    • compress for bruises (you could add witch hazel and lavender before topical application)
  • Skin care applications:
    • helps to fade scars
    • known to regenerate skin cells
    • known as a collagen booster for skin
    • use for dry skin
    • use for mature skin
    • use to shrink large pores
    • helps to tighten skin
    • helps to remove excess oils
  • Other applications:
    • use as a spray on bedding to aid sleep
    • add to a diffuser for babies
    • uplifting
    • cooling; use for hot flushes

In case you were wondering, I took the picture of cornflowers in bloom in my garden, summer of 2018.

References: Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999, 170.
Catty, Suzanne. Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy. Vermont: Healing Arts Press. 2001

For more information on other hydrosols, explore the profiles found on Aromaweb .

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