Information on Blessed Thistle

Latin NameCnicus benedictus
Other NamesHoly thistle
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsBulk herb, tincture.
AffectsBlood, Liver
CautionsLarge doses can cause stomach irritation.
Botanical InfoA spiny annual plant from the daisy family with yellow flowers and oblong leaves with white veins beneath.
DescriptionBlessed thistle is a bitter herb which stimulates the appetite, improves digestion, and relieves painful digestion. It has also been used to break up colds, for loss of appetite, and to stimulate lactation. Locally, it is used for wounds, and a compound, cnicin, with antibacterial properties has been identified.
Take 1/2 to 1 cup of an infusion of the dry herb warm as a diaphoretic in colds and half a cup cool as a digestive tonic.

Blessed Thistle has a taste of BITTER, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL AND DRY.


Infusion1/2 cup 2 x daily
Tincture2-3 drpfl 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Blessed Thistle

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Gallstones, mildbile stimulant, bile movertea, tincture, capsule
Appetite, lack ofbitter digestive stimulanttincture, tea


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