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Corn Silk Tea
Corn silk (also known as Zea mays, Maize silk, and Indian corn) is the silky tassels that run the length of an ear of corn. It is not considered a food but it does contain valuable constituents and is much valued in herbal medicine. Corn silk tea has a long history of being used in the treatment of urinary complaints.
Constituents include vitamin C, beta carotene, niacin, riboflavin, selenium, thymol, limonene, and menthol. Corn silk tea has diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and demulcent properties.
Benefits of Corn Silk Tea
Corn silk tea can help treat a number of urinary problems. It is especially helpful in ones involving inflammation due to bacterial infections. It coats the lining of the urinary tract walls and destroys microorganisms by activating white blood cells. It is a wonderful remedy for urinary tract infections and bladder infections.
Corn silk tea is also used to treat kidney stones, prostate disorders, bed wetting, and urinary problems experienced by the elderly.
Other conditions that may benefit from corn silk tea include:
- water retention
- poor digestion
- high blood pressure
- premenstrual syndrome
Preparing Corn Silk Tea
Fresh, organic corn silk is preferred. The best corn silk comes from young corns, before the silk turns brown.
To prepare a cup of tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1/4 cup of fresh corn silk (or 2 teaspoons of dried corn silk), cover, steep for 5-10 minutes, and strain. Drink 3 cups a day.
To enhance its benefits, add 3/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger root (cut into small, thin pieces) as the tea steeps. Ginger root flavors the tea, soothes inflammation, and boosts energy levels.
Besides tea, corn silk can be taken in the form of capsules or as an extract.
People taking Lasix (furosemide) should not take corn silk supplements or drink corn silk tea.
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