Blessed Thistle Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Cnicus benedicyus

Also Known As

Holy Thistle, Saint Benedict


South Europe to west Asia

Parts Used

Dried aerial parts and seeds

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

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.

Typical Use

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

Folklore and History

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.

Blessed Thistle

The sesquiterpene lactones, such as cnicin, provide the main beneficial effects of blessed thistle.