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Health Benefits of Corn Silk

Updated on October 25, 2010

Our Native American ancestors understood the healing properities of corn and used all parts of the corn, including the husks and corn silk. Corn silk are the very fine yellowish green fibers you see when shucking the husk. Using the silk instead of discarding in the trash, not only saves you money at the health/vitamin store, it can save you money spent on prescriptions and doctor visits. Not bad for something you get as a freebie for buying corn.

The most common use of cornsilk today may be for its anti-inflammatory and diuretic effect on the urinary tract, which allows your bladder to relieve itself with less discomfort. Years ago, I had problem with kidney stones and a Native American sister suggested boiling the corn silk for a tea. It worked great and fast allowing the urinary tract to pass the stones. I haven't had any problems since and regularly drink corn silk tea. The tea also naturally promotes better bowel formation, think about it, you are drinking fiber-so get rid of the Metamucil and fiber laxatives.

For men especially, taking the herb assists with urinary and prostate health. Corn silk tea combined with using saw palmetto and lyopene (from red tomotoes or supplements) has superior and optimal results.

Consider this, the healthy function of your liver and kidney is critical for your body to flush out toxins in your body and maintain flow of energy in your chakras and aura. So making a pot of corn silk tea and drinking a glass a day, only makes sense. You can drink it cold or hot following the recipe below.

I went to the health food store and heard one of the clerks trying to sell a bottle of corn silk pills to a lady for $14. I waited patiently and then pulled the lady aside and told her to buy an ear of corn and after shucking the corn, boil the corn silk--for free, something she would have discarded in the trash. Industries are catching on to the benefits of corn and are developing new ways to use corn, including using it to make cornsilk cosmetics and makeup - For a costly amount. We need to be smarter than that. Our ancestors have already given us the key and knowledge, we need to tap into it and corner the market. For external use, cornsilk has been made into hand lotion and also cornsilk cosmetics. It is believed to be soothing to the skin.

Cornsilk tea is used today as a diuretic and it has also been known to be effective in helping with weightloss.

The extract is also still used to help children or older individuals with bedwetting problems. Cornsilk might also help with renal colic, which is a sharp pain in the lower back that radiates into the groin, usually associated with the passage of a renal calculus through the ureter. Other uses for cornsilk extract by herbalists are for cystitis and rheumatism. Cornsilk is also said to be an excellent source of the vitamin ‘K’ which has been known to slow bleeding.

Corn silk tea: Take the corn silk from the ear of corn and boil in a large pot of boiling water (about a quart) slow to a simmer and add a stick of cinnamon for flavor. Drain the corn silk and refrigerate any left over quantities. While it doesn't need sweetening, I add a little honey which enhances the flavor.

Give it a try to hit me back with your comments or feedback.


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      Lisa 2 years ago

      My Mom has done this before n I started to use this n give it a try

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      The Divine Flow 4 years ago

      Hi Kent, please note, I mentioned "slow to a simmer" I am glad you made this comment because when I add other ingredients like the cinnamon stick or even chinese bark herbs - they require different temperatures to steep. So in making any adaptations, boil those first and then while cooling, add the corn silk. Thank you!

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      Joyce 4 years ago

      Hi Kent, actually the boiling is to get the temperature hot, then let the corn silk steep

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      Kent 4 years ago

      Seems the boiling would destroy many of the great things in corn silk.