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Updated on July 2, 2014

Cornsilk (Zea Mays) A Brief Description

Corn is so without doubt the most recognizable plant that it does not require for much of a description. The corn plant has a pithy noded stalk held up by prop roots. The staminate which are the male flowers form the tassel like part at the very top of the plant. The pistillate which is the female flowers are the actual kernels on the cob, all enclosed by a thick, leafy husk. Beyond this extend threadlike cornsilk, also known as styles and stigmas, are the part that catches pollen. The total plant with its ornamental tassel and ears has been a well known image of the American art ever since the colonial times.

Cornsilk

Corn silk. alt text. • Corn Silk (Zea mays). • Properties: Diuretic, lithotriptic,demulcent. • What it affects: Kidneys, bladder and prostate.
Corn silk. alt text. • Corn Silk (Zea mays). • Properties: Diuretic, lithotriptic,demulcent. • What it affects: Kidneys, bladder and prostate. | Source

Health Benefits

Diruretic

Cornsilk is a soothing diuretic and works as an tremendous remedy for urinary conditions such as retained urine, burning urine, kidney stones, bladder infections, gonorrhea, and as a lymphatic system cleanser. Corn Silk can also be used to treat kidney stones, bladder infections, urinary infections and infections of the prostate gland.


Lowers Blood Pressure

For those that experience high blood pressure issues such as hypertension, the cornsilk tea may be a gentle and natural way to help lower blood pressure. Because this tea is safe and gentle on the body, it makes it an ideal way for lowering high blood pressure instead of some of medications which have some can have some undesirable side effects. Moreover, it can keep blood pressure from dropping too low as well, which makes this a better option for those that suffer from diabetes.

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There Can Be Side Effects

I read this book and I apologize that i can’t remember the name of it. It was from the library and I’ve been trying to find it again but to no avail. It was an awesome book! I believe it was something like the ways of the North American Indians, any it was written after studying and learning from the aboriginals. The aboriginals said that one use was like a blood cleaner or cleanser, among other uses. And later studies found out that it was high in vitamin k, which today is used as an antidote for bleeding or if your blood gets too thin. So therefore it is not recommended for patients that are already on a blood thinner unless under the supervision of a doctor. If you are on any medications please check with your doctor if the cornsilk is safe for you.

Crafts

Tie the waist with string and cover with a narrow cornhusk. Trim the skirt so she can stand up. Glue on corn silk for hair, and make a bonnet out of a husk.
Tie the waist with string and cover with a narrow cornhusk. Trim the skirt so she can stand up. Glue on corn silk for hair, and make a bonnet out of a husk. | Source

Benefits

  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Kidney Problems (stones, gravel)
  • Edema
  • Diuretic
  • and many more


How Does It Work?

The wonderful Corn silk is used for treating bladder infections, inflammation of the urinary system, inflammation of the prostate, kidney stones, and bed-wetting. In addition it used to treat congestive heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, fatigue, and high cholesterol levels.

How it works

Corn silk contains proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains chemicals which might work like water pills (diuretics), and it might alter blood sugar levels, and help reduce inflammation.

Cornsilk as a Diuretic Versus a Prescription Diurectic

 
 
 
PRESCRIPTION
CORNSILK
 
weakness
diabetes
-There is some concern that large amount of corn silk might lower blood sugar. This could interfere with blood sugar control in people who have diabetes.
lethargy
High blood pressure or low blood pressure-
-Large amounts of corn silk might interfere with control of these conditions.
drowsiness
Blood levels of potassium that are too low
-Large amounts of corn silk might make these conditions worse.
restlessness
PregnancyPregnancy and breast-feeding
-Corn silk is safe for pregnant women when used in the amounts normally found in food. But larger amounts are unsafe, because corn silk might stimulate the uterus and cause a miscarriage. Not enough is known about the safety of taking corn silk if you are breast-feeding. It’s best to stick to food amounts of corn silk if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
muscle pain and/or cramps
Corn allergy
-Applying lotions that contain corn silk might cause a rash, red skin, and itchiness if you are allergic to corn silk, corn pollen, or cornstarch.
seizures
 
 
confusion
 
 
muscular fatigue
 
 
hypotension
 
 
oliguria (decreased or absent production of urine)
 
 
tachycardia and gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances may occur
 
 

How to Make Cornsilk Tea

How To Harvest It

Just pull the golden-green strands off of the ears or corn when shucking your corn, and then lay them out on a paper towel to dry. Corn silk is best used fresh, but the second best option is freshly dried.

Cornsilk Fiber Arts

Cornsilk Peruvian Suri Alpaca Lace
Cornsilk Peruvian Suri Alpaca Lace | Source

Other Names:

Barbe de Maïs, Blé d’Inde, Cheveux de Maïs, Indian Corn, Maidis Stigma, Maïs Violet, Maize Silk, Purple Corn, Seda de Maíz, Soie de Maïs, Stigma Maydis, Yu Mi Xiu, Zea, Zea mays.

My Cat Tigerlily and Her Cornsilk Hair

My Cat Tigerlily and Her Cornsilk Hair
My Cat Tigerlily and Her Cornsilk Hair | Source

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    • dandelionweeds profile imageAUTHOR

      dandelionweeds 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Yes, I think it is weird that people just run to the doctors immediately when they have a UTI when they are many alternatives for this problem. Thanks for reading and commenting vestpawoolf.

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Corn silk tea is a common remedy for urinary tract infections in Peru, but this is the first time I've read about it on the internet. I hope this article informs readers about natural alternatives to antibiotics. Thank you!

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