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Blessed Thistle

Cnicus benedictus

Not to be confused with Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum), Blessed Thistle is native to the Mediterranean and is a member of the Aster family, Asteraceae, that was grown in the gardens of monks. It is used to make bitter tonics and liqueurs.

What is Blessed Thistle Used For?

The use of bitter plants to tonify digestion is one of the primary tools in the herbalist’s repertoire. Proper digestion is the foundation of health. Blessed Thistle does contain bitter principles called sesquiterpenes which also impart the bitter taste to the wormwood’s (Artemisia) and to (Ginkgo biloba). Bitters stimulate the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach and support the breakdown of fats, supporting a healthy appetite and assisting in the assimilation of nutrients. The tea has been used historically by midwives and naturopaths to support healthy breast milk production.


Traditional Health Benefits of Blessed Thistle


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