Blessed Thistle Benefits
Holy Thistle, Saint Benedict
South Europe to west Asia
Dried aerial parts and seeds
Blessed thistle can be used in breast feeding, where the mother may find it difficult to produce milk or where the milk dries up. It can be combined well with fennel seeds or fenugreek seeds, and made into a tea or drank as a tincture blend everyday.
Blessed thistle is also thought to be good for the stomach, it can calm gastric and bile secretions, indigestion, wind, flatulence and colic. It is also known to expel worms. It may be used with benefit in appetite loss and anorexia. In the case of a sluggish digestive system it may be combined with Kola nut. Blessed thistle is known to be a powerful blood purifyer and improver of the circulation. It is known to strengthen the brain, heart, stomach, liver lungs and kidneys.
Blessed Thistle is used medicinally for conditions such as hepatitis, inflammation/ cirrhosis of the liver.
It is said to restore memory lost by old age or sickness.
1 teasp dried herb per 1 cup of boiling water up to 3 times a day.
1-2 ml tincture up to 3 times a day.
Or as directed by a herbal practitioner
Blessed Thistle was widely used in the middle ages, when it was a known medicine for suffers of the plague. Monks grew blessed thistle as a cure for small pox.
The sesquiterpene lactones, such as cnicin, provide the main beneficial effects of blessed thistle.