Bulk Herbs: Blessed Thistle Powder, Organic
Size: 1 oz package
Also Known as: Cnicus benedictus, Carbenia benedicta, Cardo Santo, Carduus, Carduus benedictus, Cnici Benedicti Herba, Cnicus, Holy Thistle, Spotted Thistle, St. Benedict Thistle.
Farming Type: Organic
The blessed thistle is a weed with prickly leaves and yellow flowers surrounded by purple spikes. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean, and was originally used in Ayurvedic medicine in India and Bhutan. The plant was then introduced to Europe in the 1500's and mainly cultivated in monasteries by monks where it gained the title "blessed"(benedictus) for its use in treating the black plague. It was noted as a type of panacea in herbal texts of the period primarily due to its use during the plague.
Modern herbal applications of blessed thistle are based on a long history of use in Europe and in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Blessed Thistle is used to treat digestive ailments fundamentally caused by insufficient secretion of stomach acid. The herb's bitter taste triggers a reflex reaction that releases gastric juices into the stomach, especially those needed to digest fats. For this reason, modern herbalists agree that the plant is helpful for loss of appetite, upset stomach, and gas, although it may be better to take the herb before these symptoms occur (such as before eating a fatty meal), rather than after. The herb is also antibacterial.
Note: Generally not recommended during pregnancy. If you are allergic to artichokes, avoid this herb.
Blessed Thistle is ruled by Mars and the element of Fire. It is a strong herb of protection and was often carried in a sachet for that purpose. As with all herbs ruled by mars, use with caution - a little goes a long way!
Keywords: Purification, Hex-breaking
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