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Nov
21

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?


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What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?

What is cornsilk? The cornsilk is the shiny fibers between the husk and the corn cob. These fibers are long, stringy and hard to miss. If you are shucking the corn yourself, then you can see the silk poking out of the top and all along the inside of the cob. While it’s typically taken off the corn cob before it is cooked, it doesn’t mean that it is bad for us. Most people just don’t like the strings getting stuck in their teeth, but there are better ways of benefiting from this skin loving herb. So, let’s get to the really important question of, “What are the benefits of cornsilk powder? There are many unique benefits for adding this herb to your homemade bath and body creations. Plus, there are natural medicinal remedies that incorporate this herb. So, there many great properties of this powdered herb to talk about!

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Growing ConditionsWhat are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Growing Conditions

Around here we are no stranger to corn or cornsilk. But, that no surprise as this American staple is perfectly fit for our summer months. Corn stalks love long summer days full of bright sunshine. Also, they need soil slightly acidic and full of nutrients like nitrogen. If the soil is nutrient poor, then you likely will begin to see yellowing leaves. Plus, they need moist soil that is well draining as their roots are close to the surface. Another thing to know about corn is that they use the wind to spread their pollen. So, they should be planted in blocks of at least four rows instead of one long row. This will increase the likelihood of your corn being pollinated and growing correctly.

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Why Do Farmers Leave Corn in the Field?What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Why Do Farmers Leave Corn in the Field?

Another interesting aspect of corn farming is the timing of harvesting. There are three phases of the corn. First, is the milk stage where the fluid inside the corn is similar to milk in consistency. Next, is the dough phase where the kernel gets more solid. Finally, you have the driest stage that is referred to as the black layer stage, as the tip of the corn is black. While the corn could be harvested at this point, waiting a bit longer will help cut down on the drying costs.

If the corn isn’t harvested when it is as dry as possible, then the farmer will need to dry it themselves and that costs money. This drying makes it easier to store the corn for the right time to sell. Also, drying helps make sure the corn stays good through the transportation process. So, transportation can effectively get the corn to where it will be used. So, you will often see what looks like dead corn left drying in the fields before it is time to harvest. However, farmers are actually just about ready to harvest these crops. The only concern is that they are more likely to fall on from the plant before harvesting at this point, especially due to a storm or strong breeze.

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Industry Uses

There are many ways that cornsilk is used in the industries. First, this cosmetic herb can be used to create all kinds of skin-loving bath and body recipes. Plus, there are many different ways that people use this herb for its natural, medicinal properties. While cornsilk isn’t necessarily used in food products, the corn that it grows on definitely is! So, both cornsilk and corn are incredibly useful in the industry. Next, we will talk about how cornsilk is used and what the benefits of cornsilk are.

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Bath and Body ProductsWhat are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Bath and Body Products

There are many benefits to using an herb like cornsilk in your homemade recipes. First of all, this cosmetic powder can be used to provide a natural brown hue for your products. Not only can this herb be used as a natural colorant, but cornsilk powder has some wonderful skin benefits, too! These skin loving properties are perfect for making all kinds of different bath and body recipes as well as various cosmetic recipes. So, we are going to talk about how this herb can benefit various homemade products.

There are many vitamins and nutrients in this cosmetic herb.  These nutrients provide cornsilk with properties that are perfect for homemade cosmetic recipes. First, including this herb in formulations to create cornsilk cosmetics will provide you with a silky feel and a nice glide. This is perfect for homemade lip care, eye shadow, body powders, and so much more. Plus, adding this cosmetic powder to your facial mask recipes will provide you with a skin softening recipe. Further, this herb is thought to help reduce inflammation, which is useful for evening skin tone and reducing some break outs.

Additionally, adding this herb to lotion recipes provides a soft and silky feeling to the lotion and the skin! Also, this botanical herb can be added to soap recipes to provide gentle exfoliation and other wonderful soaping properties. If you are interested in trying out a corn silk soap recipe, check out our find below!

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Food and BeveragesWhat are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Food and Beverages

While the cornsilk isn’t necessarily used for making food, the corn that it grows on makes up for it! In fact, corn makes up a huge part of what we have on our grocery store shelves. Most often, you probably think of the corn that you eat as some delicious sweet corn. Also, you may even think of scrumptious, homemade corn bread. While these definitely count, that is hardly all corn that is used for our food.

First, modified corn sweetener and high fructose corn syrup are both created using corn to create alternative sweeteners. These corn sweeteners are used in things like soda pop and fruit juices as well as ketchup, breads, yogurts and much more. While corn has a lot of nutritional benefits, some people are concerned about this modified sweetener being added so much of our food that it causes weight gain. Second, there is corn that is used to feed livestock, like cows and chickens. Additionally, processed meats, like chicken nuggets and cheap hamburger patties, often use corn filler to stretch the meat as far as it will go. So, much of the meat that we eat relies on corn, too. It can be hard to go a day without eating or eating something that benefited from the use of corn!

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Medicinal

There are many reasons why cornsilk is used in natural home remedies. In fact, Native Americans have used this herb in natural remedies for centuries. Plus, this botanical herb contains vitamins, minerals, fiber, and natural chemicals that continue to make this herb useful in many herbal recipes. While many of these medicinal benefits haven’t been confirmed within the medical community, it is a natural remedy that is sworn to have been helpful for many people.

Most people will create an herbal tea using the corn silk to harness the potential benefits. First, many people will ingest cornsilk powder to help with a variety of urinary issues. These issues include; inflammation in the urinary tract, kidney stones, prostate inflammation, or even bed wetting. Many find cornslik useful for these issues. This is because cornsilk contains chemicals that are known to work similarly to diuretics. Plus, cornsilk has been thought to reduce inflammation. Also, there is some that believe that cornsilk is useful for reducing blood pressure along with cholesterol levels.

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Are There Any Side Effects?

People generally believed that cornsilk is safe for most of the population. But, anyone with a corn allergy, low potassium levels, or diabetes shouldn’t take this herbal supplement. You may want to check out the Interactions section of WebMD’s cornsilk page if you are taking any long term medications. For instance, anyone taking a diuretic should be cautious as cornsilk is known to work similarly to the drug. Also, those that are pregnant or breast feeding should use this herb with caution as amounts higher than those normally found in food can lead to potential issues.

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Other UsesWhat are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Other Uses

Not only does this herb have benefits for humans, but many pet owners use this herb for their animals. Just like with humans, this natural remedy can be useful for reducing issues with the urinary tract. It is suggested that a fourth cup of tea is used for every twenty pounds your animal weighs, which can be done twice a day. You will want to check with your vet to determine whether your pet’s particular illness isn’t more serious. Also, this remedy isn’t recommended for pregnant animals.

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Using Cornsilk in a Cold Process Soap Recipe

Since cornsilk is so beneficial for the skin and soap, we wanted to find a great soap recipe to share. The Corn Silk – What Does it Have to Offer? by Neecy’s Necessities talks about how to include cornsilk in a typical batch of soap. So, you can use your own favorite recipe for soap making. While this recipe asks you to grind fresh corn silk into a powder, it may be easier to use our cornsilk powder to create this soap. Grinding fresh silk takes much more time, effort, and quite a few fibers.

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Using Corn for Predicting the Weather

Sometimes animals and plants pick up on the subtle hints that nature provides before we ever could. In this case, plants and animals seem to notice cues that tell them to get prepared for an especially bad winter. So, these organisms will make special preparations that they wouldn’t ordinarily do. While we don’t have enhanced senses, we can pay attention to these organisms to determine whether they think a harsh winter is coming.

One plant that we can pay attention to for signals is corn. According to folklore, corn becomes harder and the husks tighten around the cob when a bad winter is approaching. Since the corn is used to the warm summer weather, a subtle, cold temperature change would lead the corn to want to help protect itself from a harsh winter. If you are curious about more ways to use nature to predict the kind of winter that is to come, then check out Signs of Winter Weather: 14 Folklore Predictions by Momtastic.

What are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Ask Us Your QuestionsWhat are the Benefits of Cornsilk?: Ask Us Your Questions

If you have any further questions about this herb or any of the other herbs that we have available on the Herbs and Spices page, then please reach out to us. We are here to answer any questions that you may have about this herb and any other cosmetic quesitons. Also, feel free to share you favorite ways to use corn silk as we would love to hear about it. If you want to chat, you can find us in the NG store, on the phone, or online. If you want to find us online, then check out our social media pages. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@ngscents). Hope to hear from you soon and good luck with your natural recipes!

Note: Natures Garden sells our wholesale cornsilk for external use only. We do not sell these it as a food item. The information that we provide is for educational purposes only. We do  not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease with this information. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated any of this information. First, you will need to keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any of the products that you make with this herb. All testing of finished products is the responsibility of the customer.

Mar
02

Green Clay Mask Recipe


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Green Clay Mask Recipe

Green Clay Mask RecipeThis green clay mask recipe incorporates the benefits of French Green Clay Powder and Peppermint Leaf extract to create an amazing facial! First, French Green Clay has been known to be perfect for those that have some problems with oily skin or anyone with acne issues. So, this refreshing facial mask utilizes this clay’s ability to pull toxins from the skin to make an amazing facial. Also, peppermint has been known to tighten pores and brighten the complexion. Furthermore, the vegetable glycerin that is included has properties that draw moisture into your skin, leaving it baby soft. Overall, this means that every part of this recipe has a positive impact on your face. Plus, this beneficial facial recipe is quick and easy to create. Not only does this recipe only have a few steps, but all the ingredients and the tea bags are already included in the kit. This easy, homemade takes minutes to create and is absolutely worth the effort. This amazing green clay and peppermint leaf recipe will leave your face feeling clean, silky soft, and glowing!

Green Clay Mask Recipe Things Needed from Natures Garden

Refreshing Facial Mask Kit

Green Clay Mask Recipe Ingredients Included in the Kit

French Green Clay Powder

Vegetable Glycerin

Peppermint Leaves (cut & sifted)

Peppermint Leaf Powder

Fillable draw string tea bags– (for making your peppermint infusions)

12 oz. jar with lid

Green Clay Mask Recipe Other Equipment Needed

Pot for boiling water

Stove top

Scale

Small bowls (four)

Spoons

Green Clay Mask Recipe Clean, Sanitize, and Organize

Before beginning to create your refreshing facial mask, make sure you are properly prepared for the process. First, your equipment should be cleaned and ready to use. Make sure that your bowls, pot, and spoons are clean and out on the counter. Also, make sure your counter top and stove have enough room for you to work. While this step may seem to be too simple to need mentioning, it is a very important step in this process and can make the experience infinitely more enjoyable. So, just take a few moments to clean and organize your work-space and equipment.

Green Clay Mask Recipe Things to Remember

Before starting you should know that this recipe will make enough for a single facial. If you are making this recipe for yourself, then following the recipe exactly will be perfect. However, if you are creating facials for something like a girl’s night, then you may want to plan ahead a bit. Depending on how many people you have you could maybe have each person create their own, and just share the steeped peppermint tea. On the other hand, you could try doubling the batch as you go. Either way, make sure that you are aware of how much that you are going to need.

Another thing to keep in mind is the shelf life of this recipe. We recommend that you use this recipe as soon as you create it, but you can store your facial for later use. If you want to create your facials in advance, then make sure to avoid storing for more than one week. Also, you must store this recipe in the refrigerator to prevent spoiling. As there is no preservative added, it is not a good idea to store for longer or leave out for too long. For storing you could use the 12-ounce jar that is included in the kit.  Alternatively, if you would like to extend the life of your facial mask, you can choose to add Optiphen preservative.  If you decide to go this route, we recommend a 1% usage rate.

Green Clay Mask Recipe Begin Boiling the Water

Green Clay Mask Recipe Begin Boiling the WaterBefore starting you may want to set a pot of water on the stove to boil. While you could do this in a later step, it may quicken the process a bit if you start boiling your water before you begin with the steps for this recipe. Waiting for the water to boil will lengthen the time you spend on the tea steeping step, so starting it before you begin could be a real-time saver. Now, let’s get started!

Green Clay Mask Recipe Weigh the Powders and Herb

Green Clay Mask Recipe Weigh the Powders and HerbFirst, we are going to combine the French Green Clay Powder and the Peppermint Leaf Powder into a small bowl. Take your scale, place the bowl on top, and tare out the weight of the bowl on the scale. Now, weigh 24 grams of the French Green Clay Powder and 2 grams of the Peppermint Leaf Powder into the same small bowl. Mix these two powders together and set the bowl aside for later.

Green Clay Mask Recipe Weigh the Powders and Herb

Second, you will want to weigh the Peppermint Leaf cut and sifted herb for later use. Take a new bowl and tare out your scale. Now, weight 2 grams of this herb into the bowl. We will be using this weighed herb in the following step.

Green Clay Mask Recipe Steeping the Peppermint Leaf

Green Clay Mask Recipe Steeping the Peppermint LeafNow, it’s time for you to create the peppermint leaf tea. Take the 2 grams of Peppermint Leaf cut and sifted that you have already weighed. Now, scoop all of this herb into one of the provided tea bags. Once your water is boiling you are going to place your tea bag in the boiling hot water. While you can put the tea bag directly into the pot, I transferred some of the water to another small bowl and allowed my tea bag to steep there. I did this to prevent the tea from being too diluted and to make it easier to transfer later. Once your teabag has steeped for long enough, you can move on to the next step.

Green Clay Mask Recipe Weighing the Liquid Ingredients

Green Clay Mask Recipe Weighing the Liquid IngredientsNext, you are going to combine the freshly steeped peppermint tea and the vegetable glycerin into a single, small bowl. Take your scale and tare the weight of a small bowl. Now, weigh 18 grams of the peppermint tea and 6 grams of the vegetable glycerin into the same, small bowl. Mix these together well, so you can pour this mixture in a later step.

Green Clay Mask Recipe Combining Powder and Liquid Ingredients

Green Clay Mask Recipe Combining Powder and Liquid IngredientsFinally, you are going to mix the powder mixture from the very first step with the liquid ingredients from the previous step. Take the bowl of French Green Clay Powder and Peppermint Leaf Powder and pour the bowl of Peppermint Tea and Vegetable Glycerin on top of the powders. Now, mix this mixture together well. Your facial is finally ready to use!

Green Clay Mask Recipe Results

After trying out the Natures Garden Refreshing Facial Mask myself, I’ve fallen in love with this recipe! Not only does the mask smell of delicious peppermint, but made my face feel amazing. Before trying this recipe, I was a little skeptical about whether this would work for me. While I have some problem areas, such as my nose, that are overly oily, my cheeks have been dry from a combination of my face cleanser and the cold, windy weather. However, I was extremely impressed with this recipe! It worked wonderfully on my nose but still left my cheeks feeling smooth and soft. The thing that made this refreshing facial mask kit even more amazing was that I have enough left to create nine more masks! I may even try to get one of my friends to retry this recipe with me. Even though many of my friends aren’t super crafty, this recipe is one that is super easy and delightful to use when it’s finished!