Botanist's Glossary

Corn - Zea mays

  • Description
    • Archaeological layers in Central America, some 7000 years old, show the first traces of corn. This annual plant (Poaceae family) has produced numerous varieties. Introduced into Europe in the 16th century, corn is closely associated with intensive farming and its excesses and has become the most produced grain worldwide.
  • Traditions
    • In the 700s, Tibetan monks would expose jars of plant oil to the air and sun for years, then use it to make an amazing calming, decongesting and healing remedy. The benefits of this slow, controlled oxygenation were identified long afterwards.
  • Properties
    • Corn oil is obtained by pressing the grains. It has nourishing and restructuring properties. When oxygenated, it stimulates skin microcirculation, thus soothing irritated skin.