Corn, with Husk
Latin Name: Zea mays
Corn is native to Central America. It has been cultivated for over 5,500 years and is now a major crop grown the world over. It is common in most diets and is a wonderful medicine. Corn silk refers to the beard that comes with corn on the cob and this is what is used in herbal preparations.
This herb is only medicinally useful when the silk is fresh, wet, and alive. Once the silk dries, the medicinal properties are lost. Be weary of dried herbs or teas derived from corn silk for sale in shops.
Ailments / Situations Where Used
Corn silk is a very soothing demulcent, and a great tonic diuretic (increases the flow of urine). It is used for most urinary tract infections and in catarrh of the bladder. It is also helpful in passing urinary stones.
Corn silk is used to thin the bile and promote its secretion. It has a reputation in cleaning the circulation of urea. Some herbalists claim it lowers blood pressure. Corn oil is used for arteriosclerosis and high cholesterol.