Blessed Thistle, one ounce


Once used against the Bubonic Plague and as a cure all, today we find many health benefits from using this spiny herb. 

 Various laboratory tests are been conducted on this herb for its usefulness in health conditions like cancer treatment, infection and inflammation, however high quality scientific researches for human benefits are lacking, so read on. The stems, leaves and flowers of blessed thistle have been used traditionally in the form of bitter tonic drinks and in combination with other preparations taken orally to enhance appetite and digestion.

 The chemicals in blessed thistle – cnicin and polyacetylene can be helpful in fighting bacterial infections as they have activity against several types of bacteria.

 Traditionally blessed thistle is considered to stimulate stomach acid secretion and has been used for the treatment of indigestion and flatulence (gas problem). Also traditionally, blessed thistle was used in the treatment of digestive disorders like flatulence and indigestion as it helps to increase the production of stomach acids. Blessed thistle is also used in various natural appetite stimulants and digestion enhancement tonics and so it can be used in the treatment of anorexia.

 It can also be used to treat certain types of diarrhea as it acts as a bile flow stimulant. 

 Blessed thistle is as an astringent and helps to prevent excessive bleeding and so it is included in several natural remedies for wounds, boils, and skin ulcers. Blessed thistle is believed to have blood purifying properties and is often used to treat yeast infections.

 Blessed thistle has been proved to be an effective breast milk stimulant and is often used in combination with Fenugreek seeds to help treat insufficient or delayed milk production. Blessed thistle may also be used to treat cervical dysplasia, jaundice, malaria, and liver, bladder, and menstrual disorders.  But all these effects are based on scientific theories and not been thoroughly tested for its safety and effectiveness in humans.

 When used for short period of time orally, blessed thistle is generally considered to be safe with few reported side effects. However when high doses of blessed thistle are administered it may cause stomach irritation and vomiting. A patient with stomach ulcers, hiatus hernia, reflux diseases, or Barrett’s esophagus intake of blessed thistle is not advisable as traditionally it is believed to elevate stomach acid secretion. You can follow this link for other possible side effects.


Over the counter: or in health food stores as a tincture, capsules and dried herb.

At home: Tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried herb in ½ cup boiling water. Drink 1 cup to 1½ cups a day, unsweetened, for problems with digestion.

Tincture: Take 20-40 drops of the tincture three times a day

Poultice: Mash leaves and other parts, and apply to wounds and sores.

Parts used: Leaves, flowers and seeds.

Collection: The leaves and flowering twigs should be gathered in early summer to late summer when blooming. Seeds are gathered in the Fall when the plant has set seed.

Constituents: Cnicin, flavonoids, essential oil and mucilage.

Actions: Bitter tonic, astringent, diaphoretic, anti-bacterial, expectorant

Combinations: Combine with Balmony and Kola for a sluggish digestive system. For diarrhea combine with Meadowsweet and Tormentil.  For menstrual difficulties use with Cramp Bark, Blue Cohosh Root, and Ginger.


Not Serious: Overdosing can cause vomiting.



* Use recommended amounts only and under a doctor’s supervision. Blessed Thistle is a strong emetic (something that makes you want to vomit) and induces vomiting very effectively.

* Avoid during pregnancy and any compounds that include the herb.

* This herb stimulates gastric activity so avoid using if you have an ulcer.

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