How does it feel?
Corn silk is the fine soft, yellow threads or ‘hair like’ projections that are produced from the maize plant’s female flowers. The maize plant is believed to have originated in mexico and then spread across the Americas. Its increase in use as a cereal, influenced its spread and cultivation across Europe, with it now being one of the most widely cultivated cereal crops on the globe. Corn is distinguished by the female flower which is the corn ‘cob’ where its seeds (kernels) are grouped onto one cylindrical core. The cob is then covered by green bracts or ‘leaves’ that protect the kernels and have a paper like structure to them.
What can I use it for?
Corn silk is soothing and nourishing to the linings of the urinary tract and the kidney’s. It will provide relief from irritation and feelings of urinary urgency in cases of urinary or kidney based infections. It is an effective anti-inflammatory that will also reduce the heat and irritation influenced by infection or damage. Its diuretic properties also support the body’s natural elimination processes helping it to rid itself of infection.
Into the heart of Corn Silk
Cornsilk is a mild stimulant, diuretic and demulcent which works primarily within the urinary tract and the kidneys. It forms a protective, mucous rich layer over inflamed mucosal linings, protecting from further cellular degeneration caused by excess levels of heat and toxicity. Corn silk also contains anti-inflammatory agents which, combined with stimulating diuresis, enables the body to cleanse out any infective agents that may be aggravating the urinary tract and the kidneys.
Indicated in frequent urination, cystitis, kidney infection, urethritis, prostatitis, catarrhal conditions of the urinary tract.
Diuretics are herbs that stimulate the flow of urine, and help remove fluids from the body. Common examples are Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinalis), Burdock root (Arctium lappa) and Corn silk (Zea mays).
Did you know?
An average ear of corn contains over 800 individual kernels in 16 rows and every ear of corn always has an even number of rows of kernel lines.
No drug herb interactions known.
Use standard dose.
- Rasa (taste) Sweet.
- Virya (action) Cooling.
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Pungent.
- Guna (quality) Light, unctuous.
- Dosha effect: VP– K+.
- Dhatu (tissue) Rasa/plasma, rakta/blood.
- Srotas (channels) Mutra/urinary, rakta/ circulatory, prana/respiratory.