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Blessed Thistle General Information
Thistle has been cultivated for several centuries in this country for its medicinal use is known as the Blessed or Holy Thistle. In ancient times Blessed Thistle was thought to possess supernatural qualities. It has been called supernatural because of its reputation to cure the plague. Blessed Thistle is mentioned in all the treatises on the Plague. The Blessed Thistle name is thought to have come as a result of a legend from the days of Charlemagne. During one of his expeditions his troops took ill with the plague. Supposedly an Angel appeared to him in his sleep and told him that if he were to shoot an arrow into the air, the arrow would land on the plant that would cure his men. The arrow fell on a big patch of this herb, Charlemagne fed it to his men right away and saved their lives. Its powers are mention in virtually all the writings issued during times of epidemic infectious diseases. Herbalists during the days of Knights used Blessed Thistle to cure not only the Plague but also Agues and Jaundice. Many herbalists of ancient times wrote about this herb, such as, Thomas Brasbridge (1578) published a book that declares what good the herb Carduus Benedictus can do. Turner (1568) reported the use of Blessed Thistle as well as Culpepper (1652). Shakespeare even mentions Carduus Benedictus in his Much Ado About Nothing. Monks once grew Blessed Thistle as a cure for small pox. Early herbalists believed that the herb was a cure all. Blessed Thistle Flower/Head

The stem of the Blessed Thistle grows about two feet high. This herb is reddish, slender, has many branches and can hardly stand upright due to its weight of its leaves and flower heads. The leaves are long, narrow and clasp the green stem with prominent pale veins. The flowers are pale yellow, with green prickly heads and the covering of the head ends with long brown bristle. Some consider this herb a weed for it can grow almost anywhere.

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Blessed Thistle Uses & Scientific Evidence For
It was used in early herbal treatises as a remedy for migraine and other headaches. Blessed Thistle is used in folk medicine for digestive problems such as gas, constipation, and stomach upset. Natural-health enthusiasts use Blessed Thistle to support the female reproductive system. This herb has a bitter principle that stimulates the liver and increases the flow of bile, and acts as an appetite stimulant and digestive aid. The entire plant is edible, though the prickly spines can be troublesome. The herb contains B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron and manganese. Today Blessed Thistle is used to treat digestive problems. It also cleanses the blood, improves circulation, and strengthens the heart. Blessed Thistle increases the appetite and stomach secretions, and works to heal liver and gallbladder diseases. It is also used for menopause and menstrual cramps, and can aid in increasing milk flow in nursing mothers. Blessed Thistle also works well in treating anorexia, indigestion, flatulence and colic. It can relieve headaches caused by a sluggish liver, lethargy and irritability and is used for reducing diarrhea. The diuretic property of this herb makes it useful for fevers and for use as an expectorant for chest congestion. Blessed Thistle is known to alleviate inflammation and stop bleeding and cuts. Preliminary studies suggest that compounds in this herb have anti-HIV activity.

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Blessed Thistle Dosage Information
The German Commission E recommends 4 to 6 g of Blessed Thistle daily. In tincture form take teaspoon (2ml) 3 times a day. teaspoon (2 grams) of the dried herb can be added to 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water for tea. Drink 3 cups every day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.

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Blessed Thistle Safety & Interaction Information
Blessed Thistle is generally regarded as safe but can cause vomiting when taken in excessive doses. There are no known side effects with this herb; however, those with allergies to plants in the daisy family should use this herb with care. Blessed Thistle is subject to legal restrictions in some countries. It is recommended that those with ulcers or stomach irritations not take Blessed Thistle since it stimulates the digestive juices.

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