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!

 

 

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!

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I live with my husband and best friend in an old farmhouse on two acres, in a small, unincorporated Ag town in the Pacific Northwest.   We grow culinary and medicinal herbs, and I wildcraft for several plants that we don’t grow.  Since I recently retired from my day job, I am thrilled to have more time to just be.

Magick just IS.  It exists, for you, the very moment you are open to seeing it.  It’s near you in the city, in the forest, by the sea, by the light of the sun and moon, in a baby’s first breath, in deep love or the flash of a lightning bolt.  It’s a magical life!

Nature spirits ride the airwaves of the playful breeze that weaves through our valley, and the currents of the wild river just the other side of a wetland preserve that parallels our property.    Pear orchards border two sides of our property, offering our two feline friends lots of room to chase meeses.  The sky is dark at night, except for the stars.  Frogs and crickets rule!   This place, more than any area we’ve lived, is balm to my soul.

Our large vegetable garden and composting keep us busy in the warm weather.   In the winter, knitting, quilting and other crafts make the enforced indoor time enjoyable. Putting food by, making herbal remedies, soap, lotions and potions creates a cozy, handcrafted life.  We have always been interested in learning as many homesteading and country skills as time permits.

I embrace sustainability and am categorically against all genetically modified foods, Big Pharm and much of what our government is up to.  If you visit my blog and are of a similar mind, please leave a comment so I can visit yours, too.  I look forward to connecting with you!