Blessed thistle has been recommended by herbalists for female problems, headaches, and fevers for years. The Quinault tribe of Native Americans used the whole plant, steeped, to provide birth control. Monks in Europe, on the other hand, used blessed thistle as a treatment for smallpox. Blessed thistle leaves, stems, and flowers have been used traditionally in bitter tonic drinks. It has also been used in other preparations that are taken by mouth to enhance appetite and digestion. This herb has been tested in laboratory studies for its ability to fight against infections, cancer, and inflammation with promising results.
More traditional uses of blessed thistle include digestive problems, headaches, stomach problems, heart conditions, circulation, liver problems, and internal cancer. This nutrient strengthens the heart and lungs. Blessed thistle also increases circulation to the brain and improves mental function. Recent research has also led to the findings that blessed thistle has the ability to strengthen the stomach, spleen, intestine, liver, and nervous system.
Blessed thistle contains nutrients that are helpful in supporting estrogen and balancing other hormones in the body. This herb is sometimes taken in combination with red raspberry. This not only stimulates milk production for nursing mothers, but it also enriches the milk for newborns.
Modern research has shown that the extract of blessed thistle contains antibacterial and anti-yeast properties. These properties can help with Candida albicans. Additionally, blessed thistle is used to reduce fevers in childhood diseases like chicken pox and measles.
Adults over eighteen years of age are able to consume blessed thistle in the form of tea, tinctures, and liquid extracts. Traditional doses include 1.5 to 3 grams of dried blessed thistle flowering tops which are steeped into 150 milliliters of boiling water. This should be taken three times daily. Also, 1 to 3 teaspoons of dried blessed thistle herb can be placed in one cup of boiling water for water for five to fifteen minutes and taken three times daily. Occasionally, this is recommended to be used thirty minutes before meals. 1.5 to 10 milliliters of other preparations can be taken by mouth up to three times daily. This herb may be extremely bitter in taste. Children under the age of eighteen years of age should not take this herb, as long term effects have not yet been determined.
The entire herb of blessed thistle is used to provide alternative, antibacterial, bitter, blood purifier, diaphoric, emmenagogue, and galactagogue properties. Blessed thistle contains primary nutrients consisting of calcium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, vitamins A, B-complex, and C, and zinc. Primarily, blessed thistle can be extremely beneficial in dealing with angina, poor blood circulation, cancer, constipation, fevers, gallbladder problems, gastric disorders, headaches, heart problems, hormone imbalance, and absence of lactation, liver disorders, lung disorders, and memory loss.
Additionally, blessed thistle can be very helpful in treating arthritis, blood impurities, uterine cramps, edema, gas, jaundice, kidney problems, respiratory infections, senility, spleen ailments, vaginal discharge, and worms. For more information, please contact a representative from your local health food store. Because this herb has been traditionally used to stimulate menstruation and abortion, it should be avoided during pregnancy. Additionally, many tinctures include high levels of alcohol and should be avoided during pregnancy.
This herb can be found in capsule and tablet forms at your local or internet health food store. Always look for name brand vitamins to ensure quality and purity of the product you purchase.
*Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Blessed thistle is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider before changing any medication or adding Vitamins to medications.