|approximate cups to one pound||16|
|active compounds||Allantoin, Sterols, Saponins, Hordenine, Plant acids, Vitamins C and K (potassium)|
|plant part used||stamen of corn plant|
|processing||cut & sifted|
|storage tips||Store in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.|
|appearance & aroma||Ruddy colored, without remarkable aroma.|
Corn silk has a subtle, pleasant taste that blends well with other mild-tasting herbs.
Corn silk, or maize tassel, is the glossy, thread-like material that serves as a cushion between an ear of corn and its outer husk. While most people discard corn silk when preparing corn-on-the-cob, the silky string was considered a valuable raw material to Native Americans, as well as to the indigenous peoples of Central and South America. Traditionally, corn silk is prepared as a tea, but it can also be used topically to address minor skin irritations.
Aside from a refreshing, mild flavor, corn silk offers a healthy dose of potassium and vitamins C and K. The herb is also a good source of dietary polyphenols, plant-based compounds with antioxidant activity.
|cosmetic||Infuse in hot water to make skin washes and poultices.|
|culinary||Use alone or in combination with other herbs in tea. Corn silk may also be encapsulated as a dietary supplement.|
|safety||May increase the effects of pharmaceutical diuretics.