Constituents: fats, volatile oil, gums, resin, glycosides, saponins, alkaloids, vitamins c and k, sterols, plant acids, tannin, allantoin, potassium and calcium
How to Use:
Zea mays, the botanical name for corn comes from Greek, meaning to live. Mays
comes from Spanish, the same word as a term in a native Mexican language meaning "mother," or "mother
of life", reflecting the central importance of corn in the lives of early Americans.
Corn silk, the white and brown tipped tassels that surround an ear of corn end
up in the trash in most kitchens, are the most interesting part
of the plant to the herbalist. Corn silk tea has a long history of use in traditional
folk medicine as a diuretic used to treat chronic inflammation in the urinary
tract or kidneys. Duke 83 Cornmeal is also used in
home herbalism as a binder for poultices.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Usually taken as a tea, or extract.
Columbus discovered maize in the New World in 1492 and brought it back to Spain, from where it spread throughout Europe, to North Africa, the Middle East, India and China. Maize (Zea mays, or corn as it is known in some countries) is the only cereal crop that has an American origin and which is now a principal cereal crop in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. 121
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History and Traditions & Folklore
Zea mays, the botanical name for corn comes from Greek, meaning to live. Mays comes from Spanish, the same word as a term in a native Mexican language meaning "mother," or "mother of life." Native Americans taught the European settlers to drink a tea made from cornsilk. Both colonists and Indians used cornmeal poultices made from cornmeal boiled in milk, for burns.
121. EUFIC. "The Origin of Maize",(2001) Ret
The ancient practice of soaking the maize meal overnight in lime water before
making tortillas was never transferred to those countries in the Old World
to which maize traveled or to communities subsisting largely on maize as a
staple food. This almost invariably led to the niacin deficiency disease, pellagra.
89. Duke,James, Ph.D. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" ,pp 83,138-139,193-194: Extracts if corn silk are potent diuretics, giving rise to their use for all sorts of kidney-related and urinary complaints
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