30 Wild Days: day 24 cornflower blue

More train travel today,  but once again my walk across campus paid off as I found the cornflowers just starting to appear.

Cornflowers were traditionally worn by young men in love as a symbol of their devotion, and as a sort of good luck talisman in their pursuit of romance.

It was thought that cornflowers protected against evil people, visitors, and actions.
The flower could be worn or if a home was to be protected it needed to be swept clean and crumpled flower sprinkled on the floor and in cupboards.
This would protect the house from unwanted visitors crossing the threshold.

A mixture of dehydrated cornflower was thought to help inflammation of the eye, and the flower was said to be particularly beneficial to those who have eyes of matching blue.



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