PNW GROWN. Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus), Cut and Sifted, Certified Organic
Common names: Ash Sherka Al Mubaraka, Cardo Santo, Chardon Beni, Derga Peroza, Holy Thistle, Mubarek Diken, St. Benedict's Thistle
Blessed Thistle was once used by monks to stave off the Bubonic Plague. The "Blessed" portion of the name stuck. People in medieval Europe used Blessed Thistle extensively and it is often mentioned in herbal texts from that period, such as Turner's Herbal (1568) and Gerard's Herbal (1597). In fact, this herb also has religious associations, and other common names for the herb include Holy Thistle and Holy Ghost Herb. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Blessed Thistle was given to alleviate pain as well as inflammation of the heart.
In Shakespeare's play, "Much Ado about Nothing," Margaret advises Beatrice, "Get you some of this distilled Carduus Benedictus and lay it to your heart; it is the only thing for a qualm... I mean plain Holy Thistle."
The bitter compounds present in Blessed Thistle have shown antimicrobial action and augment the functioning of the immune system. In addition, Blessed Thistle obstructs the development of atypical cells, thereby showing potential for treating cancer. Blessed Thistle also possesses diuretic properties and when it is taken in the form of a hot infusion, it is an effective diaphoretic for fevers as well as an expectorant for easing chest problems. The herb has antiseptic properties, can be employed as a poultice to stop hemorrhages from cuts, and expedites the healing of ulcers and wounds.
Blessed Thistle is considered one of the best herbs to stimulate production of breast milk in nursing mothers. A tea prepared from Blessed Thistle may also assist the functioning of the heart, and has been used for treating liver disorders and digestive complaints.
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