9/8/13

Move over Paul Mitchell, I've got Corn Silk!

There was a time when waste not, want not was a way of living. Our ancestors used every part of the animal and plant. Nothing was wasted. In today's society, we eat only the breasts of the bird.. unless you are at the fair, then it is all about the Turkey leg! I am guilty of tossing fruits or veggies that are the least bit off. But I wonder how much we miss out on by being so wasteful.


Here is one you may never have even considered. The silky stuff that is sandwiched between the husk and the cob of the corn. The beautiful silky gold that is rumored to heal all that ails you. It is also a wonderfully moisturizing agent and the main ingredient in my corn silk conditioner. My mother-in-law turned me onto this neat trick. It just had to try it at home!


Fill a 2 oz spray bottle with warm corn silk tea
Add 4 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops vitamin e (or the contents of half of one pill)
1/4 t quality vegetable oil. I used apricot. Coconut, Almond, or Olive would be fantastic.
Store in the refrigerator, or if you need shelf stable, you will need to add a bit of preservative.
Shake it all up and spray generously after shampooing. No need to rinse. It leaves hair soft and shiny.
I also use it as a de-tangler on my daughter. It works best if you let it penetrate for a bit before combing. Anything to avoid this:


I shampoo with baking soda and essential oils some days (Especially on days when my hair is oily). I have also been having fun with a home made shampoo recently made from equal parts peppermint castile soap and fresh goat's milk- another one of nature's moisturizers. I am not a huge fan of castile soap on my hair. It leaves it feeling funky, but as long as I alternate with the baking soda shampoo, it get great results.



Do I look like I just stepped out of a salon? Well actually, just out of the shower after lathering with castile soap and goats milk, then spraying down with conditioner made with discarded corn silk. Hollywood stylists would send me to fashion jail. Isn't is wonderful?  I love that nature can supply the soft silky look we need for a fraction of the cost!



25 comments:

  1. How did you know my 5 year old has crazy tangly hair! This is a joy to find.

    I would be delighted to have you share this with our group of moms. Stop by to be encouraged as we have a guest post splashing us all in God's goodness. And as always, I would be crazy honored to have you link up.

    Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.
    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/09/thank-goodness.html

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    1. We have significantly less tears lately. I asked my daughter if it was working or if she is just tougher. I got a frown in response. Hmmm, not sure how to interpret that.

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  2. That is so awesome! I had no idea! I'll have to remember to save the silks next time we have corn on the cob for my daughter's notty/naughty hair. ;)

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    1. I hope it works for her as well. A cheap experiment anyhow!

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  3. I never heard of using corn silk! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. Do you have to us Corn silk conditioner with natural shampoo or would it work with regular stuff.

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    1. It works great either way! I like it best as a leave in conditioner after a shower.

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  5. That is a fabulous idea! What other tricks does your mother in law know?! Please let us in on the great tips and tricks :)

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    1. I wish I lived closer to my in-laws. They never cease to amaze me with their creativity.

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  6. Another great idea! You're blowing my mind with all this corn stuff!
    Tina

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  7. Well, I am so happy to hear you are learning something new today Tina! Would you be so kind as to pin this post with the title: Corn silk=mind blown! :) I always wanted to have that by one of my pins!

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  8. Great use for something I never realised could be put to any purpose. We have the same tears about tangles here. Thanks for sharing this at http://mumtopia.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/guilt-free-chicken-nuggets-and-creative.html#.UjWKI9LObZI

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    1. Tangles: a fact of life. My mom always told me it hurts to be beautiful. Every girl wants to prove mom wrong! :) Too bad that is almost impossible.

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  9. How cool is this idea! I totally need to get ahold of some corn now. Thank you for sharing on Wellness Wednesday. Gotta pin this one so I don't lose it!

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  10. I had no idea! This is so neat. Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it : )

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  11. What a fantastic DIY! Thanks for sharing this great idea on Tuesday Greens!

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  12. I never knew you could use corn silk like this. Your poor little's face, so sad. I hope she never has to cry again now that you make this. Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Can't wait to see what you share this week.
    Mindie
    The (mis)Adventures of a "BornAgain" Farm Girl
    http://bornagainfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Well, she is a girl. And a princess. It doesn't take much to make her cry. But hopefully not as a result of tangles.

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  13. Very cool! I never would have thought of using corn silk tea as a conditioner, but the next time I have corn on the cob I'm going to have to give this a try!

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    1. I have got to get more corn. We used the tea all up! I hope you enjoy.

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  14. You mentioned using baking soda. Have you looked into the "no poo" method? I've been using it for a year now and my hair's never looked better! I bet this corn silk leave-in will go with perfectly as my dry hair still needs just a touch of something.
    Instead of shamooo, use a baking soda and water solution, 1 tbsp. baking soda to 1 cup (8 oz) water. I put mine in a 20 oz bottle so I have 2.5 "servings". Wet hair with water like you would before adding shampoo. Then slowly pour solution over hair, concentrating on scalp, taking care to massage it into scalp like you would shampoo. I like to run my hands over my face too as baking soda is a great clarifier for the skin as well. Then rinse thoroughly.
    Follow with a vingar rinse. Use the same formula as with the baking soda. Tip: use white vinegar for oily hair, aplle cider for dry hair. Slowly pour the solution over scalp and hair. Massage into scalp, especially if you have a flaking problem (the vinegar will clear dandruff right up!). Really let the ends of your hair soak up the solution as it's quite conditioning. Let sit while you shower then rinse thoroughly. The vinegar smell will vanish as hair dries. And you can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance. ONLY essential oils as other fragrance "products" can be drying or even turn out funky once mixed with the vinegar!
    Tip: Vinegar tends to "darken" the hair. To lighten, use real lemon juice (the stuff that comes in the bottle or plastic lemon is ok) in the same measurement as vinegar. Do NOT use more trying to get lighter. This will mess up the pH balance, thus making hair brittle. If you want your hair to stay the same, use a 2 vinegar uses to 1 lemon use schedule.
    With oily hair, I would say start using this every other day and gradually taper off as you notice your hair needing it less.
    With dry hair, I would start out no more often than every three days and then gradually taper as you notice your hair needing it less often.

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    1. Yes, I have Michele. I use it 2-3 times a week, but do not bother with the vinegar rinse. I hate the smell of vinegar and have found it is not necessary, especially if you add some essential oils which soften the hair a bit. Thanks for sharing your protocol!

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