9/4/13

The Miracle of Corn Silk

Corn gets a bad rap these days. Especially at my dinner table as my husband has refused since our first dinner together to eat it. He says he likes to eat his corn secondhand...in the form of beef. I have always loved corn. When I was a kid, we buttered and salted to our heart's content all summer long. Corn is a great excuse to eat butter.   I feel bad for corn. It is the subject of a science experiment gone crazy.  Why did Monsanto have to pick on the corn?

I live in Oklahoma where legend has it that the corn grows as high as an elephant's eye. And yet, I have not met a single person who had ever successfully grown their own corn in the back yard.

So, we have to look elsewhere to find corn that is not part of some one's science experiment, just good old fashioned (organic) corn.

Corn has been around since the dawn of America. Not surprisingly then, it has been used not just for food, but also medicinally. When you peel off the husks, do not toss that corn silk! Freeze it and keep it on hand to make tea. Here is a list of all the benefits on corn silk tea. (Note: I have not tried any of these yet. Just sharing what I have learned on the fascinating subject)

Corn silk tea targets the bladder, gal bladder and liver, as such, 3-4 cups a day are rumored to help with the following:
  • A natural remedy for Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections.
  • Protection from harmful effects of over the counter medicines.
  • Helps you flush out toxins from the body and reduce water retention
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Relieves arthritis pain
  • Helps with Jaundice
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Keeps gall bladder health
  • Can aid in bed wetting

To make the tea:
Cut off the tips of the corn and carefully remove the husks. Gently remove the silk from the ears. You can use fresh corn silk for this or dry it for future use.

 
Bring water to a boil, then add the corn silk and let it steep for 10-20 minutes.

 
It tastes like...corn, and dirt. Minus the butter and salt. Can add a bit of coconut oil for even greater medicinal value and perhaps some raw honey to sweeten. I kinda liked it plain, but I don't know if I could down several cups a day. Maybe it would make a good iced tea mixed with mint or fresh raspberries. I will have to play around with it a bit.

Tune in next time for a recipe for corn silk conditioner. You'll love it!

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Sources:
To Your Health
New Way Herbs
Whole Living Daily

29 comments:

  1. We've been throwing these away for years! Ugh I'm such a fool haha. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Oh, yea, us too. I am keeping them around from now on.

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  2. Wow, talk about recycle and reuse. I've never heard of this, but I"m not surprised. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Fun to learn something new and useful. Thanks for reading Lori.

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  3. I've never heard of the silk being good for anything. We've always thrown this away!! Good stuff to know! :) Found you via Making Your Home Sing Monday.

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  4. Thanks so much for this information. Pinned it.
    Nice blog and I'll be back to visit.

    Linda

    http://bestoflongislandandcentralflorida.blogspot.com/

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  5. I'm so trying this. Thanks for the heads up. Your friend, Linda

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    1. I hope it does indeed heal whatever ails ya! Thanks for stopping by Linda.

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  6. We dehydrated our first organic corn silk this year and, you're right, it's awesome stuff! We shared this with our readers at homesteadlady.com.

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    1. I have my dehydrator ready to go. You can buy it that way on amazon but is ridiculously expensive!

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  7. Huh, I never knew! I'm excited to see the conditioner recipe. Your corn is WAY prettier than mine, BTW.

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    1. Love Ipiccy! My photo skills are mediocre at best.

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  8. Wow! Who knew!? Thanks so much for sharing at UNITE! ~ Jen

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    1. I know right? So many amazing little nuggets of knowledge out there. I feel like God has left us a treasure hunt!

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  9. I never knew this is so healthful! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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    1. Love learning fun knowledge like this. Thanks for hosting your link up each week.

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  10. Interesting! Amazing all the things God has given us to help us maintain/restore our health. :)

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    1. I know! I am so thankful that we matter enough to Him to point us in the right direction.

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  11. I have heard of this! I'd love it if you would share at our Healing With Foods blog hop! Hope to see you there! http://peelingbacktheonionlayers.com/healing-with-food-friday/

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    1. Thanks for the invite. I will check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  12. Crazy! I had no idea. Thanks so much for sharing - I have friends with gall bladder issues and urinary tract infections so I'll be passing this on!
    Tina

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    1. I would love to hear back if it works for them. Like I said, I haven't tried this before. Wish I knew about it when I was pregnant with my third. Could have saved me a lot of discomfort!

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  13. Clever idea and I love all of the benefits. It's great to see how you are using the whole plant. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to stop by each week Becky.

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  14. My oldest country kid loves... LOVES corn. Me, not so much LOL I never knew corn was so beneficial in so many areas. 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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  15. Yes I have heard of corn silk tea and that it is good for bladder issues. I can't tell you how many ears of corn I have husked over my life. I used to love to play with the corn silk as a girl.
    Thanks for coming to share at Healing With Food Friday. This post is a featured post for next week. Please come back and share again.

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