Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Cornflower Flower Tea is a Herbal Tea boasting floral flavours and enchanting aromas. It usually adorns flavoured infusions such as Earl Grey Tea with Cornflowers. Here, however, we offer you its finer qualities at their fullest.
The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company pack it fresh to order here at our Pluckley-based factory, thus ensuring quality and consistency, time and time again.
Better still, Cornflower Flower Petals are as practical as they are pretty. This is because, according to the latest scientific research, they come with health benefits. Studies indeed suggest that they are antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.
They’re caffeine-free, too, meaning brewing it is an excellent alternative to so-called “real” Tea when you’re looking to cut down your caffeine intake and a caffeine free tea.
What are Cornflowers?
The Cornflower plant (Centaurea cyanus), also known as “hurt sickle,” “bluebottle,” “bachelor’s button,” “boutonniere flower,” and “cyani flower,” is a member of the Asteraceae (daisy) family.
Its Latin name, “Centaurea,” comes from the Greek Centaur, Chiron, who taught humankind the healing virtue of herbs. “Cyanus,” meanwhile, refers to a young devotee of the Roman Goddess, Flora.
It originates from Europe, although it has since spread to North America and Australia. The plant, which can grow to 30-75cm tall, produces narrow, lance-shaped, greyish-green leaves and flowers atop of a hairy, multi-branched stem.
They bloom between July and August - the same time that they’re harvested for the making of this remarkable Herbal Tea.
People have used Cornflowers for many centuries. In 1653, botanist and physician Nicholas Culpeper wrote: “The powder or dried leaves of the Blue-bottle or Corn-flower, is given with good success to those that are bruised by a fall.
It is a remedy against the poison of the Scorpion, and resists all venoms and poisons... The juice dropped into the eyes takes away the heat and inflammation of them.”
Following the First World War (1914-1918), Cornflowers became a symbol of remembrance in France. The “Bleuet de France,” which depicts the flower, serves the same purpose as the poppy in Britain and the Commonwealth.
This is because, much like the poppy, it flourished across the war-torn landscapes of No-Man’s Land while the conflict raged.
Today, we not only know the humble Cornflower as an image of peace, but as an image of peace of mind. Drinking this herbal tea can support your life in small yet significant ways.
It can, for example, improve skin health and relieve chest congestion. However, most Herbal Tea enthusiasts choose it because, put simply, it tastes wonderful. Why not find out for yourself?
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Ingredients: Dried Cornflower Petals.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Best served without additions.
Tasting Notes: Imparts sweet, delicate, floral notes with every sip.
Colour in Cup: Yellow liquor, light in tone.
Benefits of Cornflower Flower Tea
Culpeper’s findings don’t appear to hold much weight today. Yet there is much more to this beverage than meets the eye. Cornflower Tea contains a wealth in vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants.
These chemical compounds can combat free radicals in the body, thus reducing the risk of developing numerous chronic conditions. What’s not to like?
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin