Corn silk

Corn silk is the long soft threads at the top of each ear of corn. There is one silk strand for each kernel of corn. If each ear of corn has on average 800 kernels, it also has about 800 strands of silk. The tassels are the male part of the corn plant, they release millions of grains of pollen. Whereas the silks are the female part of the corn plant, sometimes they will catch the pollen blown off by wind.
Corn silk is often discarded when we prepare dishes with corn. But corn silk is a proven herbal remedy. The Native Americans had been drinking teas made with corn silk as far back as 5,000 B.C. Corn silk tea has several health benefits but it is most commonly used as a diuretic. It helps the body flush out toxins more quickly. This is especially useful in treating urinary-related infections and edema (retention of fluids).
To make corn silk tea, simply steep 1/4 cup of packed corn silk in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Drink a few glasses a day.