Have you ever thought that if you remove the corn silk from corn combs, you can use it as a remedy? While many people may not be familiar with this type of tea, in fact corn silk tea was used for a long time even by Native Americans as a remedy for heart problems, malaria or urinary tract infections.
More about Corn silk tea
Corn silk is in fact the thin, hair-like strands that cover the corn cob. These silky yellowish strands which form the stigma collect pollen to fertilize the corn, and they’re also used to make a healing tea.
In corn silk there can be found many important components like flavonoids, allantoin, mucilage, saponins, vitamins C and K and potassium.
Corn silk may also be combined with other herbs to increase its healing powers and range of medicinal uses. It’s also available in prepackaged teabags, or in a dried supplement form. Powdered corn silk is a common ingredient in face powders, due to its soothing qualities.
Corn silk tea has a slightly sweet taste. If you decide to collect it in order to make a tea, make sure that the plants were not sprayed with pesticides.
Brew corn silk tea
In order to make a tasty healthy corn silk tea it is usually recommended to use fresh corn silk. If you don’t have it at your hand, the dried one works just fine. To prepare the infusion, use 2 teaspoons of fresh corn silk or 2.5 g of dried one and pour 1 cup of boiled water over it. Let it seep for 10 – 15 minutes and it is ready to serve.
Corn silk tea benefits
Corn silk tea has many health benefits for adults and for children.
The most important benefit of this tea is for disorders in the urinary system : infections, cystitis, as well as bladder infections or gonorrhea.
If you want your children to stop wetting their beds give them corn silk tea.
Corn silk tea is also diuretic, demulcent, has anti-inflammatory properties and it fights kidney stones.
Corn silk tea may help detoxify and flush out accumulated toxins in the body.
Corn silk tea contains vitamin K, which has been shown to improve the body’s blood clotting process.
Corn silk tea has also been shown to lower blood pressure, relieve arthritis pains, and help in the treatment of jaundice and prostate disorders.
When applied topically, corn silk tea can help heal wounds and skin ulcers.
Corn silk tea side effects
In most cases, corn silk tea is suitable for daily consumption without special warnings. However, in rare cases, in you are allergic to corn, you may develop a skin rash.
Corn silk tea can also decrease the level of potassium in your blood. So you should avoid it if you already have low potassium levels, problems with blood pressure, or diabetes. It is not recommended for children, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Corn silk tea is safe to be included in your diet, but in order to enjoy its benefits, do not exceed 3 cups a day.