Milk Thistle Seed - SILYBUM MARIANUM
(Whole) (Organically Grown)
Standardized: milk thistle
Other: Mary's thistle
Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Milk thistle has been revered for thousands of years as an effective healing herb. However, early on all parts of the plant were used for a variety of purposes. The leaves were extensively utilized and often eaten as a vegetable.
Milk thistle supports the liver's natural detoxification process.*
cholagogic and choleretic, tonic, galactogogue, hepatoprotective, alterative
USES AND PREPARATIONS
Dried seed (technically the fruit) eaten, as a tincture or tea, or powdered and encapsulated.
The seed contains flavone lignans (which comprise silymarin and contains silybin, silychristin, and silidianin), fixed oil (mostly linoleic acid, but also has oleic and palmitic acid) protein, tocopherol, sterols such as cholesterol, campesterol, stigmasterol, and sitosterol, and some mucilage.2
Each flower can produce up to 190 seeds, averaging 6,350 seeds per plant in its lifetime! This is great news for the herbalist, but not so great news for those waging a war against invasive species. (weeds)
Specific: Milk thistle may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae (Ragweed) plant family.
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.