Blessed Thistle (Compositae Cnicus benedictus)

Blessed Thistle has fuzzy leaves and stems with yellow flowers. It is a “bitter” that aids digestion and works on a congested liver. It increases breast milk and is an emotional ally to uplift spirits. Blessed Thistle is known to have antimicrobial effects in viral infections. Historically, Blessed Thistle has been recommended as a treatment for stomach upset, indigestion and gas. Treating smallpox, fever, anorexia, dyspepsia, indigestion, constipation and flatulence. It is also popularly regarded as a galactagogue, as mentioned above. It is a wonderfully magical herb.

Known to aid the body with the following ailments:

  • Anorexia
  • Antibiotic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Appetite Stimulant
  • Astringent
  • Bleeding
  • Blood Purification
  • Boils
  • Breast Milk Stimulant
  • Cancer
  • Contraception
  • Diarrhea
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant
  • Fever
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Jaundice
  • Liver Disease
  • Memory Enhancer
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Salivary Stimulant
  • Skin Ulcers
  • Sweating Stimulant
  • Wound Healing

This herb is so named because of the ancient belief that it possessed supernatural qualities. It grows up to two feet tall and is found in meadows and along roadsides. From May to June the plant bears pale yellow flowers. Among natural-health enthusiasts the plant is commonly used to support the female reproductive system.

Author: Life Enthusiast Staff