Since summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to start harvesting & drying corn silk from the corn you eat!* Corn silk tea is well known for being a great remedy for kidney & urinary ailments, as well as being a natural diuretic.
*Before I go on I have to stress the importance of ONLY using organic corn for this. Because non-organic corn is usually treated with pesticides, it’s especially important that you DO NOT make a tea from corn/corn silk that has been treated with chemicals.
Corn silk “contains vitamins B6, C, E and K, and elements such as calcium, potassium, iron, selenium and zinc. Other components include allantoin, mucilage, saponins, polyphenols, glycosides, tannins, and alkaloids.”
Because of the potassium content of the corn silk, it’s said that corn silk tea is able to prevent potassium depletion while still acting as a diuretic and flush your system. I have tried this and I swear that drinking corn silk tea with a little squeeze of lemon really helped stop the pain & irritation that came along with having kidney stones.
I love the sweet taste that corn silk tea has, and it makes a great iced tea, too!