Every summer when the corn is ready I marvel at the corn silk hidden under the husk. You know, the ones that annoy most people as they try to get to the heart of plant. As most people hastily flick the silk away, I’m imagining how my ancestors carefully tuck them aside for later use.
Moreover, I see them snacking on a few as they continue through the rows of corn, harvesting their bounty. It’s no surprise to me the shiny, soft, protective coating for the corn also provides protective properties for the body. Mostly as a urinary tonic. Therefore, I can also see them formulating a tea. How we learn is from curiosity and natural instinct, divinely instilled by our Creator. We also learn through good ole trial and error.
The ancestors obviously felt what I feel as I gently remove the silk from the heart of the plant.
Softness, a little fibrous, slightly gelatinous. Qualities that one instinctively knows makes this unique and possibly beneficial. Herbal Recipe’s for Vibrant Health, author Rosemary Gladstar lists antiseptic and diuretic properties for corn silk; as well as a demulcent, a substance that therapeutically coats the lining of tissue. (Gladstar, 2008)
A co-worker told me about her son who suffers from interstitial cystitis about ten years ago. He cannot tolerate any acidic food or drinks without severe pain. Since avoiding causes he has improved. I told his mom about corn silk tea, I hope that helps him. Meanwhile, I’ll share with you the thoughts I have for this silky bunch of goodness from out Great Provider!
Corn Silk Cucumber Tea with Lemon Balm
Corn Silk of 5 Ears of Corn
2 Cups Filtered Water
2 Fresh Cucumbers
6-8 Fresh Lemon Balm Leaves
Place the corn silk in the two cups of water and bring to a boil, turn off heat and let simmer until completely cooled. Strain the water from the corn silk into a pitcher. Peel and slice 2 fresh cucumbers and place into the pitcher as well. Gently bruise the leaves of the lemon balm and add them as well. Let sit for 2-three hours or over night. Then add 6-8 cups of fresh filtered water and a little ice and enjoy!
***Gladstar, Rosemary, 2008, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, Storey Publishing***