The long thread like shiny weak fibers at the top of an ear of corn are called corn silk. Whenever we peel a corn we happen to throw away the silk without realising how useful it can be to us in many different ways. Corn silk has many herbal uses as well as it also be used in crafts. Corn silk contains different pharmacologically active compounds, which are used in many types of ancient folk medicines.
1. Corn silk tea
Native Americans has been using Corn Silk tea as an herbal remedy since 5000 B.C. Corn silk tea has several practical uses that makes it excellent natural herbal remedy to keep on hand. If you are looking for a natural herbal remedy to help you maintain your daily health good, corn silk may be an excellent tea for you to try. Corn silk tea is easy to enjoy and has vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in it and it is also good for treatment of specific problems like urinary tract infections, and helps lower the blood pressure, treat kidney stones, to lower the cholesterol level.
Preparation: To prepare a cup of corn silk tea, take 1 tea bag and allow it to steep in a cup of hot water for at least 5 minutes. Adding sugar, honey, creamer, or milk if a different taste is preferred. Drink 1 or 2 cups of corn silk tea a day if you are using it for remedial purposes.
2. Skin problem remedy
Corn silk tea can be applied topically to help relieve the pain caused by skin problems such as boils and rashes. Applying corn silk tea help prevent infections on afflicted areas. Apply it topically to infected area of skin to help relieve pain and itching related to bug bites, small scrapes, and minor cuts as well.
3. Urinary troubles remedy
Corn silk has been proven to be useful in many urinary troubles, related to cardiac and renal disorders. Physicians has found it valuable and useful in the treatment of cystic irritation, due to uric acid and phosphatic concretions, and in both chronic and acute bladder inflammations, both traumatic or idiopathic.
4. Cosmetic use
Infuse the corn silk in hot water and let it cool down and then wash your skin which will remove all the impurities from the skin.
Corn silk are used by many craftsmen to make beautiful handcrafted toys, dolls and jewelleries. So you can try making one by yourself too.