Corn Silk Tea

Corn Silk Tea is a very old folk remedy still much in use today. So think twice before you toss out that corn silk!  It is much more useful than it appears.

The tea is useful taken for kidney stones and other urinary tract issues, gout, anxiety and even as a tonic to help children with bed-wetting issues. An elderly Latino neighbor takes it as a digestive aid.

If you grow your own organic corn, pull the clumped silk out of the top of the ears and use fresh or dry for later use. To brew a cup, use about 1 Tbsp. Silk to 8 oz of boiling water. Sweeten with stevia or honey, as desired. Adults generally benefit from 3 cups a day, and children with one cup.

The corn silk may also be tinctured. Drop fresh corn silk into a mason jar, and cover with 100 proof vodka. Swirl jar occasionally to redistribute, and place on shelf away from sunlight for about 6 weeks. Take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. several times a day, instead of the tea.

Some soap makers even add threads of cornsilk to the lye solution for a silky feel in their bars of soap!

 

 

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Hearthside Magick

Fall, apples, wind, rain, wet leaves and fresh apple cider.  This is my favorite time of the year.  Last week was a blur as I rushed to gather the remaining Sage, Horehound and Echinacea from the herb garden before the first frost.  My drying racks are full of medicinal herbs that will see my family through the winter months to come.

Our cat purrs on the arm of my recliner.   White bean Chicken Chili simmers on the stove. Happy fall!