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Cornflour, Mustard & Olive Oil

Other Names: Cornflour, Blue Bottle, Cyanus, Hurt Sickle, Blue-Blow, Corn-Flower, Batchelor's Buttons, Ragged Sailor,  Corn Bluebottle, Sultan's Flower, Centaurea Cyanus
Traditional Usages: Baking, Blue Ink, Conjunctivitis, Corneal Ulcers, Resists Venom, and Poisons. Healing Green and Fresh Wounds, Ulcers and Sores in the Mouth, Eyewash,  Anorexia
Resources: Britain, Europe, Africa, America, Australia, South Asia,
Parts Used: Flowers, Leaves, Seeds
Herbal Research: Cornflour

Cornflour, Mustard & Olive Oil - Home remedy for Croup: Mix a quarter cup cornflour and one teaspoon of mustard powder in a cup. Warm olive oil to make a thick paste.  Place paste in the centre of a hankercheif and fold it in half, folding ends in. Place in another handkerchief and roll up so it can be tied around the  neck. Tie loosely around the neck at night.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal medications


Health Issues

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