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Organic Blessed Thistle

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Blessed thistle, also known as holy thistle or St. Benedict’s thistle, has been used traditionally to treat a variety of conditions and ailments. The use of blessed thistle can be traced back to as early as 1568, when the herb was highly valued by monks and was believed to cure headaches, smallpox and even the Black Plague. Blessed thistle was given its name due to the belief that it was a gift from God, acting as a “cure-all” for countless conditions and maladies. Blessed thistle is believed to be especially beneficial for conditions and ailments related to women’s health.

Breast milk production
Blessed thistle has long been used as a galactologue to promote an increased milk supply among lactating women. Blessed thistle is believed to promote good circulatory function and regulate hormones, both of which play an important role in the production of breast milk. Blessed thistle is believed to have a powerful effect on a woman’s milk supply, especially when used in conjunction with red raspberry leaf or fenugreek.

Gastrointestinal health
Blessed thistle is considered a bitter herb, making it favorable for treating digestive concerns. Blessed thistle is believed to help prevent gas and bloating, especially after the consumption of foods high in fats. Blessed thistle is believed to promote healthy digestion, while preventing and alleviating digestive-related pain and discomfort. Blessed thistle stimulates the production of bile, which assists the body in the digestion of fats, prevention of gallstones and reduced cholesterol levels. Blessed thistle may also help to stimulate and increase appetite, making it a useful remedy for those suffering from a poor appetite, illnesses that affect appetite, anorexia and eating disorders.

Diuretic and diaphoretic
Blessed thistle is believed to act as a diuretic, promoting the elimination of urine from the body. Blessed thistle is also a diaphoretic, promoting perspiration. Combined, the increased passing of urine and sweat have a purifying effect on the body, removing toxins and wastes from the body through these fluids.

Liver health
Blessed thistle is believed to have a powerful ability to assist the liver in healing and repairing itself. Blessed thistle is also believed to help protect the liver from damage. Blessed thistle has been used traditionally to treat jaundice, hepatitis and arthritis, all of which are conditions related to the liver. Blessed thistle stimulates the production of bile, which assists in the cleansing the liver.

Menstrual-related conditions
Blessed thistle is commonly used alongside other herbs, such as dong quai and wild yam to offer relief from menstrual problems. Blessed thistle has been used traditionally to treat pre-menstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps and heavy menstrual cycles.

Anti-microbial
Blessed thistle contains two substances, polyacetylene and cnicin, which are believed to assist the body in combatting bacterial infections, such as those caused by Bacillus subtilis, Brucella species, Escherichia coli, Proteus species, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus faecalis. Some research indicates that blessed thistle may have an anti-cancer and anti-tumor effect as well.

Circulatory health
Blessed thistle is believed to promote healthy circulatory function, which may benefit overall health due to the improved delivery of nutrients and removal of wastes through the bloodstream. Blessed thistle is believed to promote circulatory health by causing improved blood flow and dilation of the veins. This improved circulatory health may also improve health by increasing oxygenation to the brain, organs and tissues of the body.

Antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory
Blessed thistle is believed to have an antiseptic effect on the body, as well as an anti-inflammatory effect, reducing inflammation and swelling in the tissues. Blessed thistle is also believed to reduce bleeding due it the astringent properties of the herb, which may help to treat skin ulcers and boils.

Contraindications
Blessed thistle may act as a uterine stimulant and should not be used during pregnancy. Blessed thistle may increase stomach acid and may worsen stomach ulcers. Blessed thistle may counteract antacid medications and medications used to alleviate heartburn.

Disclaimer: All information presented on this page is intended for informational purposes only. We strongly recommend speaking to a qualified healthcare provider before beginning any herbal supplement.

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