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Blessed Thistle Herb

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Blessed Thistle Herb - CNICUS BENEDICTUS

(Cut & Sifted) (Organically Grown) 

COMMON NAME

Standardized: blessed thistle
Other: holy thistle1

BOTANICAL NAME

Cnicus benedictus L.2
Plant Family: Asteraceae

PARTS USED

Dried leaves and flowering stems.

OVERVIEW

Blessed thistle has been revered since at least the Middle Ages in Europe for its healing properties, at which time it was used as a digestive stimulant, a purifying tonic, and was also eaten as a vegetable. Further, traditional herbalists have employed it to support lactation in nursing mothers. This herb is approved by the German Commission E for its ability to increase appetite and support the digestive process, and is also an approved food additive in the United States as it is often found in liqueurs such as Benedictine.

HERBAL ACTIONS

Diuretic, diaphoretic, emetic, tonic, appetizer, astringent, bitter, cholagogue, emmenagogue, galactogogue, vermifuge.

USES AND PREPARATIONS

Dried leaves and flowering stems.
Fresh leaves as a tincture or cooked as a vegetable.

 

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

The Commission E approved the internal use of blessed thistle as an appetite stimulant and for supporting healthy digestion. It reported that this aromatic bitter herb which is high in the bitter principle cinicin, stimulates the secretion of saliva and gastric juices.5

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family (such as feverfew, chamomile, or Echinacea species) should exercise caution with Blessed Thistle as allergic cross-reactivity to Asteraceae plants is common.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*