This month’s soap challenge is to soap with alternative liquids and no artificial colors or fragrances.
CORN SILK SOAP
Loving to use what is in my back yard, I found my popcorn (#LoveHomeGrownPopcorn) staring right back at me. I peel back the husks and know I’ve found my next soap making adventure.
Making soap with corn silk has been on my wish list for some time now. Corn silk is reputed to add some silkiness, and also possibly light exfoliation to soap. My initial research says to cut into ½” pieces and add to lye water where it will dissolve or to add to soap at trace.
Ah…but the soap challenge is to replace 100% of the liquids with your alternative liquid. Easy enough to do – I can make Corn Silk Tea. It should have come as no surprise that a Google search revealed some reputed health benefits to Corn Silk Tea.
Dried corn silk makes a very nice tasting tea that is traditionally employed as an anti-inflammatory tea for the urinary tract. Two cups a day for several weeks helps with cystitis, urethritis and prostatitis. It is tonic to the prostate and urinary tract and is a safe herbal tea for people of all ages, children and the elderly. Corn silk soothes and relaxes the lining of the urinary tract and bladder, relieving irritation and improving urine flow and elimination. http://livingawareness.com/make-corn-silk-tea/
According to the PhytoMed Health Group, there are additional miscellaneous benefits that can result from taking cornsilk. These include the treatment of obesity, disorders of the prostate, carpel tunnel syndrome and PMS. Cornsilk can also help eliminate boils from the skin.