What is blessed thistle?
Blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus L.) grows in dry sandy areas and is a member of the aster family. Blessed thistle is also commonly known as St. Benedictus’ Thistle (not to be confused with Saint Benedict’s Herb), and holy thistle. Blessed thistle is commonly found growing in sandy lots and along the sides of roads.
What are the benefits of blessed thistle?
Blessed thistle is used to treat appetie loss, indigestion, jaundice, diarrhea and premenstrual syndrome. Blessed thistle acts as a galactogogue in nursing women. Blessed thistle is praised for it’s ability to stregnthen blood vessels and capillaries, thus improving overall circulation. Blessed thistle is commonly used in conjunction with fenugreek, and is said to be more effective that way.
How does blessed thistle affect breastfeeding?
Like many other herbal remedies for a low milk supply, blessed thistle contains phytoestrogens which, when introduced to the body of a woman who may or may not be producing enough of her own estrogen, it increases milk flow and supply.
What are the risks of taking blessed thistle?
- Individuals who are allergic to members of the aster or daisy family should exercise caution when using blessed thistle, as they are likely to have a reaction to it as well.
- Individuals who are taking blood thinners should exercise caution before starting blessed thistle.
- Blessed thistle is not meant for long term use and should be taken for no longer than a week or two at a time and then discontinued.
- Blessed thistle may cause nausea.
- Blessed thistle should NOT be used during pregnancy.
- Blessed thistle should be avoided by individuals who have stomach ulcers.
What form is blessed thistle best taken in?
Blessed thistle is mostly available capsule form, and may or may not be easy to find locally, however, it is easily found online.