BLESSED THISTLE (Centaurea benedicta) Leaf
About this Herb
Blessed Thistle is said to have obtained its name from its wonderful reputation as a heal all, even purported to cure the plague during the Middle Ages. According to the herbalist Steven Horne, thistles are warrior plants by nature – they are difficult to eradicate, hard to dig up and resistant to herbicides. However, although neither gentle nor friendly, he believes they are there for our benefit. They are edible, making them an outstanding survival food. They tend to grow where the environment has been damaged, keeping animals and people away whilst the land heals, and they have medicinal properties that are primarily associated with the liver – the organ that defends our blood stream against toxins.
Classed as a cholagogue herb, Blessed Thistle stimulates the production of bile which assists in detoxification of the liver. This in turn leads to a decrease in symptoms associated with poor liver function such as; fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and brain fog. This liver supportive herb is often recommended to people who need to regain their appetite when recovering from illness or from certain treatments known to cause loss of appetite.
The above mentioned stimulation of bile will in turn stimulate the production of gastric juices and saliva. This allows the body to digest fat more effectively, thus reducing cholesterol and helping to prevent gall stones. Blessed Thistle is also high in sesquiterpene lactones, such as cnicin – these lactones are reported to stimulate digestive activity by increasing the secretion of digestive enzymes which leads to improved digestion and appetite.
Two compounds found in Blessed Thistle – polyacetylene and cnicin – can help your body battle bacterial infections. Some studies have shown these compounds to be effective against Bacillus subtilis, Brucella species, Escherichia coli, Proteus species, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus faecalis.
Blessed Thistle has anti-inflammatory characteristics that have been observed to decrease or completely cease inflammation in addition to helping to remedy infections. This action is again thought to be due to the plant compound cnicin which is known to have anti-inflammatory activity. Nevertheless, persons with inflammatory bowel problems shouldn’t take this herb before getting the opinion of their personal health-care professional.
Stimulates Milk Supply
There is some controversy surrounding this herb’s ability to act a galactagogue (to increase milk supply). However, in a study by Tim Fei Sim et al, it was concluded that the most effective of the herbal galactagogues were Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle taken together. The findings of this study also identified a need for more scientific evaluation of these herbs and provided directions for subsequent research in this field.
blessed thistle is prepared as a tea and used for loss of appetite and indigestion; and to treat colds, cough, cancer, fever, bacterial infections, and diarrhea. It is also used as a diuretic for increasing urine output, and for promoting the flow of breast milk in new mothers.
How to use:
Add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 to 3 teaspoons of the dried herb. Let the blessed thistle steep for 5 to 15 minutes. Strain out the dried herb and drink
The sesquiterpene lactones, such as cnicin, provide the main beneficial effects of Blessed Thistle.
Although generally safe, Blessed Thistle may cause vomiting and stomach irritation when taken in very large doses. In addition, anyone allergic to plants in the family of Asteraceae should take precaution in taking this herbal treatment.
Not recommended during pregnancy.
BLESSED THISTLE (Centaurea benedicta) Leaf C/s
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