If you've read Part 1  of our Blog you will have read that Golden Rod & Dandelion are two herbs that help to support the urinary system. Here we will look at two more.

Couch Grass

Scientific name: Agropyron repens

Best part to use: Root & Leaves

Actions:

  • Mild laxative – stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels.
  • Antibiotic – inhabits the growth of or destroys microorganisms.
  • Diuretic – promotes the formation of urine by the kidney.
  • Demulcent – relieving inflammation or irritation.

Why is it good: The plant is an all-round urinary herb and animals will make a “bee line” for it if they have any urinary or digestive upsets. In herbal medicine the roots are used for their diuretic and demulcent actions and no urinary formula would be complete without its inclusion. Containing generous amounts of silica to help strengthen the coat, hooves and nails as well as iron, mucilage and Vitamins A & B. The plant contains a volatile oil which is said to offer antiseptic properties.

Fun fact about Couch Grass: Couch Grass can grow up to 1.5m tall with spikes up to 15cm long.

 

 

Corn Silk

Scientific name: Zea Mays

Best part to use: The dried silky flower threads of maize.

Actions:

  • Diuretic – promotes the formation of urine by the kidney.
  • Demulcent – relieving inflammation or irritation.
  • Antilithic - preventing the formation or development of calculi, as of the urinary tract.

Why is it good: Corn silk is used traditionally by herbalists to help with any urinary, kidney, bladder or urinary tract concerns, where its soothing and demulcent properties provide a natural answer for any inflammation or irritation of the whole urinary system.

So next time you buy your Sweet Corn and peel back the outer husks, take a moment to look more closely at something you usually discard without thinking. Those gleaming fragile strands are not only beautiful but can be extremely beneficial!   

Corn Silk combines well with Burdock, Marshmallow leaf, Shepherds Purse and Dandelion root. 

Fun fact about Corn Silk:  Corn Silk originated in Central America and belongs to the grass family Poaceae.