Friday, September 10, 2010

Vitamin K and Corn Silk

In my research I have found the following information for corn silk, aka Zea Mays,
corn's stamens;
Corn Silk is a good source of Vitamin K and Potasium. It is a natural diuretic.

Here is what one source had to say about our corn's silk.
I have found it in tea form. The photo here on the left is the the silk from the fresh corn that I just husked today. I am drying some for tea, infusions and have put up a smidge for tincture.

herb 2000 says this;


A variety of herbal remedies are prepared from different parts of the corn plant, a very soothing and relaxing diuretic action is possessed by the corn silk. Traditionally, this part of the plant has been also used as an effective remedy for the treatment of acute inflammation and chronic physical irritation present in the urino-genital system of patients; these include problems including cystitis, disorders such as urethritis and cases of prostatitis in men. Bladder infections and urinary tract infection in children are disorders which especially benefit from treatment using the corn silk - this remedy is very useful in both cases. A strong antiseptic and ameliorative action is present in the corn silk, at the same time, the remedy is used in removing toxins from the body, in the treatment of congestion and catarrh, in the reduction of deposits and irritants from the kidneys and urinary bladder - the detoxification power of the corn silk is extremely valuable in a variety of ways for different patients. The remedial action of the corn silk has been effectively used in the removal of urinary stones and accumulated gravel in the urinary tract, it is also used extensively where chronic bladder irritation and physical bladder weakening have led the to the development of a frequent need for urination and perhaps to the display of sudden bedwetting behavior by the patient.

The urinary system responds very well to the corn silk as a remedial measure partly due to the presence of significant amounts of the essential mineral potassium in the corn silk, and also due to its diuretic action - the corn silk can therefore serve as a general remedy for the majority of problems likely to affect the urinary system. The flow of urine, and the elimination of toxins is increased by the corn silk remedy, the herbal remedy also relaxes and soothes the muscular lining of the urinary tubules and the muscular urinary bladder itself, this action helps in relieving any physical irritation in the bladder and improves the condition of the patient. The remedies made from corn silk work by alleviating the irritation at the site or localized area in those cases where a chronic irritation affects the urinary bladder and the urethral walls leading to the frequent urination, the corn silk also acts locally on prostate disorders which give rise to an inability to pass urine properly.

Topical problems and skin irritations as well as inflammation can also be treated effectively and benefit from the corn silk's healing and soothing abilities - as an external or topical treatment, the corn silk is also excellent for rapidly healing wounds and all types of ulcers affecting the skin.

A great range of illnesses was also treated using simple corn meal by most Native Americans, who made extensive use of this form of the corn in traditional remedies. In fact, corn meal is known to have been used by the ancient Mayan, the ancient Incan, and all Native American folks as a part of their herbal medicines, a simple poultice made from corn meal was used for the topical treatment of bruises, in the treatment of swellings on the body, to treat various sores and to heal boils, and in the treatment of nicks, cuts and all types of topical problems on the skin. Corn was also used in other ways in the Native American traditional medicine system, for example, in his book the “American Indian Medicine”- published 1970, Vogel has writes that "the Chickasaw Indians treated itching skin, followed by sores when scratched, by burning old corncobs and holding the affected part over the smoke.", thus even the cobs were used by the native peoples in medicine.

Corn silk is also used in the medical system of China, where problems such as internal fluid retention and jaundice are treated using the corn silk.

The lowering of elevated blood pressure may also be made possible by taking corn silk as the remedy tends to reduce the retention of fluid in all tissues of the body, at the same time, the corn silk also helps in the quick detoxification and rapid elimination of all accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes in the body - due to this, the remedy aids in relieving the symptoms of gout and disorders associated with arthritis. As a remedy, it is considered to have a thorough but gentle detoxifying effect on the body.

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Banana This; Recycle Old Peels~ fertilizer or silver polish

There are things you can do with that old peel.

1. Do you have a green thumb? House hold plants and outside gardens require fertilization. A great way to give your plants nutrients is with a banana peel. The banana peel is very rich in potassium and phosphorus, which give that added boost to your plants soil, especially so with roses. Here is how to use a banana peel to fertilizer your soil for your plants. Remove the peel from the banana. Place the banana peel on a cookie sheet to let it air dry. Grab a paper bag or envelope. Crumble the dried banana peel and place it in the bag. Let the banana sit at room temperature for about two days. When your caring for your plant, give it a potassium treat of crumbled banana peel. Mix well in the soil to ensure the roots are fed evenly.
2. Have you been thinking about pulling out that old silver? Well there is no time like the present. Bananas peel can also be used to polish silver. Yes, polish silver. Take the old peels and place them in a blender. You want the peels to become smooth and creamy. Once they have, grab a cloth and small amounts of the creamed banana peel and begin polishing your silver. The shine will be breath taking.


Wild yeasts exist in the air around you and to some extent on the wheat berries. There are wild yeasts on grapes (unsulphured) and apples and other fruits. It is those wild yeasts which are 'captured' to make a sourdough starter. The process takes from 3 to 5 days. I wish I had specific amounts for you, but you could start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour and mix in enough warm (not hot) water to make a thin paste. DO NOT make it too soupy. That, in fact, is the trick to a good starter, according to the French bread makers, and I think they should know. And after you've fooled around with the flour and water thing, you might wish to branch out into adding those unsulphured grapes, apples, sour milk, etc as a catalyst in order to capture other strains of yeast. Each of these strains has a slightly different taste. In fact if you move to another area, you might end up with a starter that produces an entirely different flavor. For instance, San Francisco sourdough bread is well known and has a distinct taste due to the wild strains in the air there. On day one you mix the flour and water (and add any catalysts to encourage fermentation) and place in a warm spot. After 3 days, the dough should be moist, inflated, and slightly sour. More flour and water is added (mixed in) and left to sit in a warm spot. After 2 days the process is repeated. Then the next day it is done again. Note the order: 3 days, 2 days, 1 day. At this point you should be able to make a loaf of bread using part of the starter and adding back what you took out in the form of more flour and water. Rule of thumb: Use about 10% starter to size of loaf. In the case of a 2 lb loaf this is a bit over 3 oz of starter (3.2 to be exact). For a 1 lb loaf 1.5 oz would be used. A book that describes this process in great detail is The Village Baker by Joe Ortiz, copyright 1993, published by Ten Speed Press, Berkley CA. If it's not still in print, try the used books stores, that's where I got mine. Or try your local library. If they don't have it, they might be able to get it for you. ©2008 by Ernestina Parziale

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