Blessed Thistle, scientifically known as Cnicus Benedictus, is often referred to as St. Benedict’s Thistle or holy thistle. The plant itself has thistle-like characteristics and is chiefly found in the Mediterranean regions of Portugal and Iran.
In North America, Blessed Thistle is viewed as an invasive weed plant. The plant is not considered edible, though not poisonous, it has an incredibly bitter taste that does not appeal to most humans. Blessed Thistle earned its precious moniker after being used as a cure-all method in centuries past.
Health Benefits of Blessed Thistle
Blessed Thistle is most often used by women to treat and cure an array of female related ailments. These ailments may include menstrual issues (including pain), hormonal imbalance issues in women, and the need to produce more or better lactation in women (works better when used along with alfalfa, fenugreek, fennel, stinging nettle or goat’s rue). It should be noted that while the herb is safe to use for most women, it should not be used by women who are pregnant.
Pre and post pregnancy uses are deemed safe by most medical professionals. Current research studies have begun to show that Blessed Thistle may also have anti-cancer benefits, and may make chemotherapy and radiation treatments easier to endure. For years, Blessed Thistle has been used as a digestive aid in both sexes, as well as a topical treatment for skin irritation. Other benefits of using Blessed Thistle include:
- Treats boils and skin ulcers
- Purifies the blood
- Stimulate bile production
- Lessen or halt inflammations
- Helps with flatulence and indigestion
- Helps prevent and slow down bleeding
- Treats certain kinds of vaginal discharge and yeast infections
Blessed Thistle also helps your body fight bacterial infections such as Brucella species, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus species, Streptococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus aureus.
Using Blessed Thistle
Today, Blessed Thistle is often brewed into a type of tea and drank daily. The extracts of the plant are added to other supplements and holistic remedies, increasing their overall wellness properties. A poultice may be created by chopping, soaking, and warming the herb, and then applying it to the affected external area of the body. It is also available in capsule and powder form.
While this herb is safe to use in moderate dose, it should not be taken in excess, as vomiting may occur.