Blessed Thistle is a thistle looking plant that grows in moderate climates all over the world. Being a weed it proliferates widely and can be found in many places. Blessed Thistle has many great health benefit that many people have not heard about. In the Middle Ages it was used to cure just about everything and in Greece and Rome it was used for getting rid of curses and healing.
GI Distress – Blessed Thistle contains tannins that are great for healing diarrhea, and soothes the GI tract of indigestion and gas and shrink down inflamed mucosa.
Antibacterial – Blessed Thistle has been show to kill many different types of bacteria making it great for lots of different infections. Blessed Thistle contains polyacetylene and cnicin which are the active agents that kill bacteria.
Colds and Excess Water – Blessed Thistle also works well for fevers, coughs, and colds, plus it has wonderful diuretic qualities that help to increase urine production, thus getting rid of edema and excess water.
Headaches – Many people find that Blessed Thistle works wonders for getting rid of the common tension headache.
Skin Healing – Topically Blessed Thistle works well for speeding up the healing of scrapes, burns, sunburn, skin ulcers, wounds, and even boils. And it can be made into a nice ointment that soothes away skin irritation. Blessed Thistle is astringent and because of that it dries and pulls mucus membranes together thus speeding up healing.
Milk Production – This great herb also increases milk production for mothers who are nursing, and lots of people combine Blessed Thistle with fenugreek to increase milk production.
Increase Appetite – And Blessed Thistle is an herb that’s very bitter and bitter herbs increase appetite, thus Blessed Thistle can help you feel like eating.
Vaginal Infections – Blessed Thistle is a good detoxing agent and helps get rid of vaginal yeast infections and many types of vaginal discharges.
Anti-inflammatory – Blessed Thistle is a good anti-inflammatory agent making it great for skin problems and also for irritations in the body in general. And it helps with the pain of arthritis, gout, and other painful bone and muscular diseases.
Liver Disease – Blessed Thistle also soothes away liver problems, hepatitis, jaundice, gallbladder irritation and increases bile flow, and detoxes the liver and kidneys at the same time.
Lowers Cholesterol – Blessed Thistle lowers cholesterol and promotes the break down of fat in the GI tract by increasing bile production.
Depression – Because Blessed Thistle helps detox the body and removes congestion of the liver it has been know to help with depression.
Cancer Treatment – And there is some evidence that Blessed Thistle has some ability to kill cancer.
Balance Hormones – Blessed Thistle also has been used in combination with other herbs such as wild yam for balancing hormones in women, and regulate menstrual cycles.
Dose – You can find Blessed Thistle at your local health food store as capsules or teas… or you can order it on-line. Commission E in Germany recommends 4 to 5 grams a day in capsules. As a tea take a teaspoon of Blessed Thistle and boil for 10 minutes in 16 oz of water… then drink 3 cups a day. But remember in large doses Blessed Thistle can increase irritation of the GI tract… so use it sparingly.
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