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Corn Silk Tea

Updated: Jun 1, 2022


Nature is miraculous, so is its cure. One such extraordinary natural remedy is Corn silk hair. Corn silk has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and by native Americans for ages. Corn silk hair is the light green stigma of Corn or maize plant ( Zea mays). However, in the complete process of corn farming, corn silk hair is underutilized primarily or wasted. Many do not know; corn silk hair has tremendous health effects. If you have problems related to urinary tracts like inflammation or frequent urinary tract infections, corn silk tea is the best home remedy. Corn silk has a calming, relaxing effect on the urinary tract lining that improves urine flow. In addition, the diuretic properties of corn silk tea prevent the excess build-up of uric acid in joints of the body, which causes gout pain.



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Corn silk hair is an essential herb with potential bioactive components like volatile and fixed oils, steroids , flavonoids and tannins for healthcare applications. Corn silk has been used for Urinary tract disorder, Inflammation, kidney stones, gout, diabetes, depression, fatigue, and weight loss for ages. The easiest way to consume corn silk is in the form of tea. It has a mild sweet taste. However, people use finely chopped fresh corn silk on their salads.Fresh corn silk is not available in all seasons, and you can store it after drying when available in abundance. You can dry corn silk by placing corn silk hair on a flat surface at room temperature. In a couple of days, corn silk hair gets dry and crisp. You can store it in a paper bag or closed container for a year. Besides, you can find dried corn silk in stores easily.


Health benefits of corn silk tea

  • Antihypertensive effect (1) (2) (3)

  • Inhibits skin pigmentation (5)

  • Improves urine flow (12)

  • Promotes kidney health (9)

  • Improves cholesterol mechanism (10)

  • Lowers blood sugar (12)

  • Reduces fatigue (13)

  • Protects against cancer (6)

  • Prevents kidney stone (14)



Caution: Corn silk hair is high in potassium, so it is a diuretic. It is not advisable to consume corn hair silk tea if already taking diuretics medication. Also, you should not drink this tea if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your health practitioner if you have a severe liver or kidney disease history before using this tea.


Serves - 2

Preparation time - 5 mins

Cook time - 12 mins

Total time - 17 mins


Ingredients:

Corn silk fresh or dried – ¼ cup

Water- 2 cups

Ginger – ½ tsp grated (optional)


Directions:

  1. Take 2 cups of water in a saucepan and boil it for 2 mins.

  2. Add corn silk and ginger. Let it simmer for 10 mins.

  3. Strain tea in a cup.

  4. Enjoy


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