After Reading This You Will Never Throw Away Corn Silk-Here’s Why
Corn Silk can be used to help alleviate symptoms that go along with the following conditions: bed wetting, cystitis, prostatitis, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, gout and hyperglycemia. It’s also a natural source of vitamin K and potassium.
To harvest your corn silk: Simply pull the golden-green strands off of the ears, when shucking your corn, and spread them out on a plate or paper towel to dry. Corn silk is best used fresh, or as a second best option – freshly dried.
To make a tea: Use about 1 tablespoon of chopped corn silk per cup of almost boiling water. Cover and let this steep for fifteen to twenty minutes or until cool enough to drink. Strain. Sweeten with raw honey to taste, if you wish. You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for two to three days. Doses vary depending on your body weight and condition, but a general recommendation for adults is up to 1 cup of tea, two to three times during the day – avoiding the hours right before bedtime. Reduce doses for children accordingly.
To make an alcohol tincture: Fill a small jar about 1/4 full of fresh, chopped corn silk. Fill the rest of the jar with a high proof alcohol such as vodka. Cap and let this infuse in a cool, dark place for four to six weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain and dose around 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, several times a day; reduce amount for smaller children. (Mix with a spoonful of raw honey for higher patient compliance & tastiness!) Shelf life of this is well over a year.
Corn Silk for Bed wetting:
Corn Silk is a safe and gentle herb to use in the treatment of bed wetting. Use the tea or tincture during the day (up until about 4 or 5 hours before bed) to help strengthen a weak urinary system. You may want to combine it with plantain or yarrow for more effect.
Corn Silk for Cystitis, Prostatitis and Urinary Tract Infection:
Corn silk is anti-inflammatory and protects and soothes the urinary tract and kidneys. It acts as a diuretic and increases the output of urine, without adding further irritation to an already inflamed system.
For urinary tract infections, try combining with uva ursi or Oregon grape.
For cystitis, investigate yarrow as an accompaniment to your corn silk.
Corn Silk and Kidney Stones:
Along with marshmallow root, corn silk may be helpful in easing the passage of a kidney stone. Some people are able to take corn silk for longer periods of time, as a tonic herb. This may help reduce incidents of flare ups while you work on underlying diet and stone triggering issues.
Corn Silk and Gout:
Many people report relief from gout after drinking corn silk tea. It could be that the diuretic action helps flush out excess toxins & waste. (Based on that premise, dandelion tea or tincture may help as well.)
Corn Silk and Hyperglycemia:
Corn silk has been used like a folk remedy for diabetes in China for hundreds of years.
How it helps with blood sugar is not entirely understood, however it has been shown to cause marked improvement.
Inside a 2003 study done by Acta Pharm Sinica of hyperglycemic (diabetic) mice, corn silk was orally administered as well as their glucose and hemoglobin A1C (which shows how good diabetes has been controlled on the long period of time) decreased significantly as well as their insulin production improved greatly. A few of the damaged cells in their pancreases were repaired. The outcomes suggest that corn silk may end up being a beneficial food or medicine for individuals suffering from diabetes.
(Avoid this home remedy, if you are on prescription diuretics.)