Blessed Thistle is also know as Holy Thistle or by its scientific name, Cnicus Benedictus. This wonderful plant is a member of the asteraceae family and is related to artichokes and Milk Thistle.
Blessed Thistle offers excellent support for digestive health and can help treat a wide range of common stomach complaints. Many people drink it in the form of a tea before eating a meal to help prevent indigestion, gas and bloating. It has been used since ancient times to trigger the appetite, which is very useful for people who may have just had surgery or have had an illness.
This bitter herb has cholagogue properies meaning that it can help stimulate the body’s production of bile, making food digestion easier and more effective.
Blessed Thistle is wonderful for cleansing the liver and is found in many herbal liver cleanses on the market.
Spiritually, Blessed Thistle is associated with purification and is used in purification baths and rituals. It is also believed that wearing a bit of it would protect one from evil. It is associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aries and the element fire. It works very well with Rosemary, Angelica, Basil or Yerba Santa.
Blessed Thistle is also known as Holy Thistle or St. Benedict’s Thistle and was grown in the gardens of monks. The monks would harvest the Holy Thistle and use it to make bitter tonics and liqueurs.
Blessed Thistle is also a part of the secret recipe used to make the Benedictine liqueur. As the story goes, in 1510, a Benedictine monk, Don Bernardo Vincelli, created the recipe for this liqueur that contained 27 different herbs, including Blessed Thistle, Angelica, Hyssop, and Lemon Balm. It is said that only three people on earth (at a time) know the complete recipe for making it.
If you would like to add this beautiful herb to your healthy lifestyle, you can find it here.
*As with all herbs, we suggest consulting a doctor before using. Some herbs may no work well prescription medications, may be harmful to pregnant or nursing women and may not be safe for people with pre-existing conditions.