Corn Silk (Stigma Maydis)
Corn silk (Zea mays) means in the Greek language, “mother of life”, which eloquently speaks about the importance of this herb to ancient civilizations. It is a rich source of volatile oil, Vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium, allantoin, glycosides, and saponins. It is well known for its hepatic, diuretic, demulcent, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Corn silk is used for treating urinary system infections while alleviating pain and soothing the inflamed tissues. It decreases the need to urinate frequently while accelerating healing and reducing pain during urination.
It promotes the production of bile and supports liver function. It is also known to be a safe blood thinner that regulates blood pressure and improves heart health.
Other maladies where corn silk is useful and is known to help treat effectively are regulating high cholesterol levels, fatigue, diabetes, kidney stones, inflammation of the prostate, urinary bladder infections, bedwetting, treatment of gonorrhea, and chronic cystitis.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!