This is a great remedy for people with incontinence and any type of urinary discomfort

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Corn is a plant that was believed to be first cultivated by the Aztecs and Mayans. Anyone who has ever prepared an ear of fresh corn for dinner may be familiar with the thin thread like strands that is typically pulled off with the husk of the corn. Most of the time, these strands, also known as corn silk, are thrown away as many people do not realize that they actually have a use. It is a little known fact that corn silk tea can actually be prepared and made into a beneficial tea which can be used for a variety of reasons. This particular tea has actually been used by Native Americans as an herbal remedy since 5000 B.C. Our research today has shown us that they were right to have faith in such an unlikely remedy as corn silk tea is incredibly rich in many disease fighting antioxidants and polyphenols. Corn silk is also rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin K, C, and potassium as well.

Urinary Tract Infections

The most common use for corn silk tea is its use as a diuretic. This means it can stimulate urination in the body which can be useful in treating urinary tract infections.  In this manner it can help the body to flush out certain toxins more quickly which can be a good way to speed the healing of urinary related infections. This tea is also good for this particular ailment because it works as an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce feelings of pain that are related to urinary tract infections.

Lowers Blood Pressure

For those that suffer from high blood pressure issues such as hypertension, corn silk tea may be a gentle and natural way to help lower blood pressure. Because this tea is safe and gentle on the body, it makes it a preferred method for lowering high blood pressure as opposed to some over the counter medications which can come with some unexpected and unwanted side effects.  At the same time, it can keep blood pressure from dropping undesirably low as well, which makes this advantage useful for those that suffer from diabetes.

External Uses

This herbal remedy has several external uses as well. It can be applied topically to help relieve the pain related to skin problems such as rashes and boils. Using it in this manner is a good way to apply the antibacterial and antiseptic qualities of this tea in order to help prevent infections on afflicted areas. Apply it topically to help relieve pain and itching related to small scrapes, bug bites, and minor cuts as well.

Fresh corn silk is a food that contains easy to assimilate nutrients. Use it as a topping for just about any salad type dish; just make sure you cut it into tiny pieces. If you try to eat it in long strings it will be nothing but irritating.

If you go through as much corn as we do, there is no way to eat or drink all the fresh silk, so you can dry it for later use. Pull the silk from the cob and separate if from the husk. Run your fingers through the silk a little to loosen it from being in one big clump.

Place the corn silk on a flat basket and set it out on the counter to dry. Depending on the weather this can take a few days. Once all the water is gone from the silk and it feels slightly crispy you can store it in a jar or paper bag. Corn silk keeps this way for about one year.

Dried corn silk makes a very nice tasting tea that is traditionally employed as an anti-inflammatory tea for the urinary tract. Two cups a day for several weeks helps with cystitis, urethritis and prostatitis. It is tonic to the prostate and urinary tract and is a safe herbal tea for people of all ages, children and the elderly. Corn silk soothes and relaxes the lining of the urinary tract and bladder, relieving irritation and improving urine flow and elimination.

This is a great remedy for people with incontinence and any type of urinary discomfort. If you are prone to urinary tract infections, corn silk is the herb for you. You don’t have to be inflamed to enjoy a cup of corn silk tea though.

Corn Silk Tea

2 cups water
2 tablespoons fresh or dried corn silk

Put water and silk into a pot and bring to a boil with the lid on the pot. As soon as it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to lowest setting and simmer for ten minutes. Turn off the heat and let the silk continue to steep for another half hour. Strain the silk and warm your tea or drink at room temperature

Corn Silk Summer Sun Tea

4 cups water
4 tablespoons chopped fresh corn silk

Put herbs and water in half gallon Mason jar out in the sun for half a day. Bring it in the house, strain the herbs out. Add honey and lemon or lime to taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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