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Nutritional Supplements Library Blessed Thistle

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Blessed Thistle

What is blessed thistle?


Blessed thistle is a plant, native to Europe and asia.It's botanical name is Cnicus benedictus. It is also sometimes called Cursed Thistle.It is an annual plant growing to 60 cm tall, with leathery, hairy leaves up to 30 cm long and 8 cm broad, with small spines on the margins. The flowers are yellow, produced in a dense flowerhead (capitulum) 3-4 cm diameter, surrounded by numerous spiny basal bracts.

What is the effective dosage of blessed thistle supplementation?

The effective dosage is 4-6 grams of per day. To make a tea, pour boiling water over 1.5 to 2 grams of crushed Blessed Thistle and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup a half hour before meals. Dose of it's tincture is 1/2 teaspoon [2 ml] three times per day.

What are the benefits of blessed thistle supplementation?

• Blessed thistle is used as appetite stimulant (taken before meal).
• It is used to treat indigestion.
• In folk remedies it is also used by nursing mothers to improve the flow of milk, although its effectiveness for this purpose has not been scientifically established.
• It may help a liver tonic.
• Topically, a poultice of blessed thistle is used to soothe skin irritated by burns, scrapes, shaving, sunburn, and other relatively minor injuries. A poultice is usually a soft cloth that has been soaked in a medication, possibly heated, and applied to an aching or injured area of skin surface.

What are the side effects of blessed thistle supplementation?

Blessed thistle is generally safe and is not associated with any side effects..
• It should be avoided by those suffering from stomach ulcers.
• consult your doctor if your are pregnant or breast feeding before using it