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!
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
- Creamy, Chunky Sweet Corn, Chicken and Potato Soup (psykdeliasmith.wordpress.com)