Nothing says summer like fresh corn! Most people throw out the silk—the long soft yellow threads that grow out of the top of an ear of corn—but corn silk has been used like a folk remedy for hundreds of years. Corn silk extract has long been used as a treatment for diabetes. It is also helpful to address conditions including:
• Bladder infections
• Fluid retention
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Kidney stones
• Urinary tract infections
A natural source of vitamin K and potassium, corn silk is regarded as a safe dietary supplement. There are no known side effects when taken as directed. The proper dose varies from person to person and is impacted by age, weight, height and any medications being taken. Because corn silk tea is a diuretic, you will want to avoid drinking it before bedtime or it could interrupt your sleep.
To harvest corn silk: When shucking fresh sweet corn, simply pull the golden strands off of the ears, and spread them out on a paper towel to dry. Fresh corn silk is best, but dried silk works, too. Be sure to use homegrown or organic corn. The silk from conventional corn, in addition to likely being genetically modified, likely contains pesticides.
CORN SILK TEA
A great remedy for incontinence or urinary discomfort—or just drink it because you enjoy the pleasant taste!
Yield: 2 servings
2 cups purified water
2 tablespoons fresh corn silk, chopped
Put water and silk into a pot and bring to a boil with the lid on the pot. Cover and let this steep for fifteen to twenty minutes or until cool enough to drink. Strain. Sweeten with raw honey to taste, if desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days.
CORN SILK SUMMER SUN TEA
Yield: 4 servings
4 cups purified water
4 tablespoons fresh corn silk, chopped
Put silk and water in half-gallon glass jar. Cover with a lid and place in the sun for 4-6 hours. Strain. Add honey and lemon or lime to taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
For an alcohol tincture
Corn silk may also be taken as a tincture. To make an alcohol-based tincture, fill a small jar about 1/4 full of fresh, chopped corn silk. Top off the rest of the jar with a high proof, preferably organic, alcohol such as vodka. Allow mixture to infuse in a cool, dark place for six weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain and take 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, several times a day (reduce amount for children). May be mixed with a spoonful of raw honey for a sweeter taste. Will keep for one year or longer in a cool, dark place.
Corn silk can be used to treat many pet conditions. Tea made with fresh silk seems to work best, particularly for the urinary tract. A suggested dose is 1/4 cup of tea per 20 lbs of body weight, twice per day. Not recommended for pregnant animals. Please check with a veterinarian for guidance on your pet’s individual situation.
Watch me get corny in a related YouTube segment here.
And…If you have an allergy to corn or are taking a prescription diuretic, do not take corn silk. Corn silk may decrease the level of potassium in your blood. If you have other medical conditions, are pregnant or nursing, have severe pollen or other allergies, or any general concerns, it’s a good idea to check with a qualified professional before use.
Do you like to read articles like this one? Subscribe to my monthly ezine That’s Forkin’ Amazing! By clicking here: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=t8cqvsdab&p=oi&m=1103359380339