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Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus Benedictus)


Blessed Thistle is a bitter vegetable drug that helps in the treatment of headaches associated with congestion in the liver. It has medicinal properties that enhance flow of gastric juices to relieve dyspesia and indigestion. The herb is also known to stimulate bile flow, cleanses the liver, stimulates appetite and enhances your general health. This is based on the fact that blessed thistle has bitter flavonoids in the stems, barks and leaves that help to strengthen the walls of blood vessels. As a result, there will be increased and proper blood circulation. The herb additionally destroys free radicals and aids in the repair of damaged cells, collagen and elastin. Its antibacterial properties are amazing and help to prevent and treat acne. Blessed thistle is also one of the best herbs that have the best anti inflammatory properties. The herb is an excellent medicinal plant and is also used as a flavoring in a wide range of dishes.

Medicinal Use

  • Blessed thistle is commonly used to treat nervous system and brain conditions including vertigo, dizziness, loss of memory or strengthen memory and headache nervous related conditions
  • Used in the treatment of cardiovascular condition because it has excellent medicinal properties that help in purification of blood. It also helps to enhance proper blood flow.
  • Promotes supply of milk in breast feeding mothers and other female conditions
  • Treats flatulence, constipation and other digestive problems
  • Used in the treatment of gallbladder and liver conditions
  • Used as a cold infusion in the treatment of debilitated conditions of the stomach and to increase appetite
  • Treatment of wounds, chill blainssores, intermittent fever, prevents and treats chronic fever, earache

Dosage and Administration

Blessed thistle is used in the form of a tincture. Take 2ml of the tincture 3 times a day.  To prepare the tincture, take 2 grams of blessed thistle dried herb and add one cup or 250ml of boiling water. Allow it to cool down for 15minutes.

Parts Used

  • flowering tops
  • leaves


  1. Blessed thistle is very effective in the treatment of acne because of its antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties
  2. It is effective in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, bloating and treatment  of digestive problems because it has immense ability to cleanse the digestive system
  3. The herb offers instant relieve from headaches associated with liver congestion
  4. It has medicinal properties that help in the treatment of jaundice and hepatitis.
  5. Blessed thistle is one of the best butter vegetable drugs that stimulate appetite. It alleviates symptoms associated with anorexia and appetite loss.
  6. The herb has antioxidant properties that help to fight free radicals and helps to prevent diseases such as cancer
  7. It has the excellent nutritional contents including cnicine, tannin, mucilage, sequieterpenoid lactone and trace of essential oils that helps to enhance your general health and expedites healing of wounds.
  8. Stimulates production of milk in nursing mothers
  9. treats and prevents diarrhea
  10. Blessed thistle also prevents development of atypical cells because it works in the form of an antineoplastic thus enhancing the treatment of cancer.
  11. alleviates painful menstruation, menstrual headaches, prevents profuse hemorrhage and problems during menopause
  12. Boosts the immune system based on the fact that it possesses amazing antimicrobial action. Therefore, it augments normal functioning of the immune system.
  13. Expedites treatment of liver problems
  14. Enhances normal functioning of the heart. When you take blessed thistle tea regularly, chances of developing heart disease and related conditions are greatly minimized.
  15. Despite its medicinal uses, blessed thistle can be used for culinary purposes as a flavoring agent. You only need to boil the herb in the form of pot herb and use it for your cooking.

Side Effects

Before using blessed thistle, it is essential to learn of its side effects so as to take necessary precautions. The herb is considered to be harmless and is known to have no ugly side effects. If you have allergic conditions, it is vital to take the tincture with precaution to avoid aggregating your situation. Its possible side effects include

  • Vomiting when taken in excess
  • Irritation to the eyes
  • Cross reaction with mugwort and echinacea which, can augment secretion of stomach acid
  • Heartburns
  • Gastric ulcers
  • When using blood thinning medications, increased bleeding may occur. Therefore, do not use blessed thistle tincture when under such medication and during pregnancy.

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