A collection of my favourite recipes & remedies from Mexico and around the world.

Corn Silk Tea

Most people probably throw away a valuable natural remedy every time they peel fresh sweet corn. I was doing it myself until my husband informed me that here in Mexico the people use them to make a detoxifying tea – Té de Pelo de Elote, which translated means, Corn Hair Tea. The silky fibres or hair that cover the corn are for pollination, but can be used to treat infections, inflammation, to heal and detoxify the body and reduce fluid retention. These hairs are full of many important chemical compounds that can benefit everyone and it tastes good too!

What’s in it and what is it good for?

The silky hairs contain:

 Vitamin C – an essential nutrient for humans

 Potassium – necessary for function of all living cells

Allantoin – a healing agent

Mucilage – helps soothe irritated tissues

Saponin – an anti-inflammatory

To make this soothing beverage put a handful of hairs into boiling water and steep for at least 10 mins. This tastes good hot or cold. You can add sugar if you want although I  prefer it without.

Here in mexico people would often use this tea in place of plain old drinking water due to the benefits to the kidneys – “es bueno pa’ las riñones!”,  and its pleasant flavour.  Chill in the refrigerator for a cool refreshing drink or try warm for a comforting cold weather drink.

There are no negative side effects from using this tea…  unless you have a corn allergy 😛

Here is a good link to more info on: Corn Silk Tea


Comments on: "Té de Pelo de Elote – Corn Silk Tea" (7)

  1. I’m Mexican american and Texan so we always use alternatives like teas or other things for medicinal purposes. We have always used the hairs of the corn for urinary problems. You can add it with horse tail (cola de caballo) or (chinchinola) .

  2. Wow, cool– Corn Silk Tea is also popular in Korea; I didn’t know that people drank it in Mexico, too!

    • Hi, Allison, i never heard about it until living here, i had no idea it was even useful! Interesting to know that in Korea it is also used as a refreshing drink! Do you add anything else to it there?

      • Well in Korea they usually advertise it as corn tea (oksusu-cha), but it’s made from both corn silk and roasted corn kernels. They sell it in convenience stores bottled as a cold, refreshing (un-sweetened and caffeine-free) alternative to green tea.

        I bought some dry roasted corn kernels on one of my recent trips to Korea, and I make tea by simply steeping a few spoonfuls of them in hot water for a few minutes– I never add sugar. The result is flavorful, nutty, and caffeine-free… but the only homemade version I’ve tried is just steeped roasted corn kernels; I’ve never tried using corn silk!

  3. I am just loving this idea. I have never heard about this before and am so excited.

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