- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Corn Silk Tea / To Your Health
The beneficial ingredients of corn silk include potassium, vitamin C and K and the flavonoid maysin, allantoin, mucilage, and saponins.
Corn silk tea may help in the treatment of urinary tract infections, cystitis, prostatitis, as well as bladder infections. It may also help in reducing irritants. A little corn tea to combat medicines you take for pain for example. When we take prescription and over the counter medicines we are filling our body with chemicals that cause side effects. Corn tea may protect you from many side effects if you believe the benefits that are claimed.
Corn silk has its base at the leaf spiral at the end of the ear. Its function is the collection of pollen that fertilizes each seed. Corn silk is not food but it is a traditional herbal medicine in treatment for urinary disorders. Corn silk tea may help reduce the retention of fluids in the body. This helps detoxify and flush out toxins in the body. It may help in the treatment of prostate disorders; the treatment of jaundice; relieve arthritis; help lower blood pressure or help in healing of wounds and skin ulcers.
Do you think you would ever drink corn silk tea?
Multiple Health Benefits
More than a few surprises
I have personal knowledge of the help it brought me with terrible back pain. The pain was almost scary it was so bad and going from my back right through my stomach it seemed and I have no appendix not having that worry so I decided to try the tea because the pain really was becoming excruciating but it was night and who wants to visit ER if you don't have to?
Since it was late night and I am not really crazy about the corn silk flavor alone I added a pack of Sleepy Time Tea and a tablespoon of raw honey. I boiled about a half cup loose corn silk in a pint or slightly more of water then turned it down to seep a few minutes on simmer. Since my cup was small I had two cups but the very first one eased the pain and the second one made it go away and I slept through the night pain free. I think it suggests here somewhere and if not I read it in another study; that you should continue the tea a couple or three times a day for several days so I did about twice a day. So there you go, a personal knowledge I will not soon forget!
Beautiful corn silk
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”— Hippocrates
Research and Sampling
Someone mentioned corn silk in passing a few weeks back and I was so interested I have been finding out as much as I can and have been having the tea almost daily. A friend gave some of my tea water to her small dog with bladder or kidney problems, whichever it was it was not diagnosed, but she said the tea does seem to help her dog. There are no bad side effects to anyone’s knowledge so if you have an animal with these problems you may want to try it or for an adult. I think there is probably much we miss getting and what can it hurt? Many medicines we take approved by the food and drug administration; hurt body organs, so if we find small (or not so small) helps like this, what does it hurt to try? I use celery seed to combat the bad effects of Tylenol or that type pain reliever and the pain in my side I associated with kidney although there was no diagnoses there either it is always relieved by the corn silk tea and in fact has completely gone away now that I continue the tea on a regular basis.
Ear of corn
Used in Make-up for Silkiness.
Personally, I peel back the shucks and grasp the dried end of the corn silk; pull down toward the bottom of the ear of corn making sure the ear tip divides the corn silk, therefore making a cleaner more perfect removal.
This removes almost all the silk except for a trace which you can pluck or not. I usually will pluck just a little since it takes only seconds.
This silk is so beautiful and the feel of it lets you know why they use this in make-up! It truly is softer than a baby's bottom!
Such a gorgeous green too, I have never seen another green like it.
Drink Your Corn Water.
Ever think of drinking your corn water? Yes, the water you have boiled your corn in? How much good do we toss out? For those who have marked corn off your list so are not apt to have corn silk you may want to know some new found facts. Yes it is like the egg all over again. Corn has been taking a bad rap for diabetes which is now proven to be silliness with the very minute amount of sugar in corn versus all the many benefits. For those too who do not know how to fix the perfect ear of corn for eating; you simply put the ears in boiling water, leave two minutes at most and remove. Perfect! I usually just have the one ear so I spin it around with a fork or knife in boiling water a few times to make sure it is heated through and take it out. Always juicy and sweet. I then add my silk from that one ear (recipes I have seen call for a handful) turn off the water and let it seep until I finish my dinner (most say 10 minutes). Since it is a cooling process I can't see that it matters. You will want to add any sweetener or additional ingredients before cooling too. I sometimes add a tea and since this seems a special event I make it a calming chamomile with a tiny bit of raw honey. I put them in jars with lids and it always makes three plus pint jars doing me three days.
Corn silk and shucks
A single strand of silk does not make a thread, nor a single tree a forest.— Unknown
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.
Corn Silk Tea
Little known fact
Every strand of corn silk comes from a kernel of the corn!
The purpose of the cornsilk is to catch the pollen and can be used fresh or dried.Used to treat infection in urinary and genital system such as prostatitis, urethritis, and cystitus. Bed wetting (should be used a few hours before bedtime) and irritation of the bladder are other uses and is said to reduce kidney stones.
For children as a method of treating enuresis (bed wetting) it is also a good substitute to antibiotics when treating a urinary infection resulting from bacteria. This is a great natural alternative to antibiotics which should have guarded use as we all know today to not become immune to the benefits we need from antibiotics. Corn silk also helps treat inflammation in the bladder and is usually taken in tea up to three times daily. Corn silk tinctures are an alternative 3 to 6 ml of tincture taken three times daily. According to the PhytoMed Health Group, there are additional benefits including the treatment of obesity, disorders of the prostate, carpel tunnel syndrome, boils from the skin and PMS.
Some recipes call for boiling 10 to 15 minutes some for steeping 10 to 15 minutes. To many of us corn silk is so new and I think we will just have to try our own samples to see how they work for us. I personally go for the steep as with all teas. I think a hard boil may kill many of the benefits.
Many of the doses call for tea three times a day, so if you are working on a cure or cause you may want to make more and since most people make more than one ear of corn you will want to add more silk in more water to make some up for a day or two. If you don't like using the corn water then I understand and you can make it with just silk. I just figure if the corn and silk is good then no doubt the cob is too and my cat likes them and since there is so little butter I am sure I get it all it must be something nutritious since she is so picky and a great 17 years old. Really I do judge things like that. Animals know by instinct and she will drink the tea water too.
We should all know by now from the dry weather the price of corn will probably soon skyrocket so you may want to put you some silk back. (It is still early enough to plant some corn!) I keep the dark silk separate from the light and keep in tightly capped jars and I also zip lock both kinds and freeze it. Just in a few weeks I have a lasting supply but you may want to quickly start on that. I do not rinse or wet the silk in jars or frozen and even that I have had for many weeks looks pretty much as it did when I saved it. It will go in boiling water so I see no need to worry about rinsing or washing.
Can you imagine how much silk it thrown away by grocery stores?
Corn silk comes in different forms if you want to buy capsules or powder but I recommend as I am sure most would; in all things, to use fresh when you can. You have no doubt you are getting something if you fix it yourself.
* Corn silk has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
© 2012 Jackie Lynnley