The origin of the Latin name Centaurea evokes the centaur Chiron, a mythical healer, who was said to have treated a wound with the sap of a species from this very diverse genus. In the French language, cornflower is also called "casse-lunettes" (eyeglasses-breaker) - an allusion to its effectiveness as an ophthalmic anti-inflammatory. For centuries, cornflower water has been used by women as a beauty product, as it soothes the eyes and softens the skin of the face.
The floral water is extracted by steam distillation of the flowers. Decongestant and softening, it relieves tired eyes. Soothing and slightly antibacterial, it cleanses and tones all skin types and gives a pleasant fresh sensation.