Blessed Thistle Tea - Ancient, Traditional, Modern Benefits

Blessed thistle tea has a rich history of medicinal use. Blessed Thistle has been popularly used in different parts of Europe and Asia,  considered a powerful medicinal herb in European folk medicine. Blessed thistle herb has been known as an all-cure herb, known to be used to keep the whole body healthy, treat ailments, combat the plague, cure smallpox and more. While its healing capacity has been exaggerated, one cannot deny the fact that it is still a powerful herb whose healing components can assist in keeping the body, mind, and spirit healthy.

Characteristics of Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle, which is also known by names such as Holy Thistle and Spotted Thistle as well as by its Scientific name, Cnicus benedictus. Blessed thistle can grow up to 60 cm in height and has hairy leathery leaves that appear like dandelions and fuzzy yellow flowers. Like its cousin, Milk Thistle, this herb is often considered a weed due to it being difficult to eradicate, Blessed thistle is a plant native to the Mediterranean area and is known to thrive in environments that have been damaged. Its ability to thrive and grow in harsher climates means this plant helps to heal the land by keeping animals away.

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Blessed Thistle and Modern Medicine

Blessed Thistle is a powerful plant not only is it strong in nature but can also do  wonders to one’s health which includes the following

  1. It can help improve appetite and treat indigestion

A good appetite is key to a healthy diet and digestion. Blessed thistle tea is traditionally  known to assist in stimulating appetite and easing indigestion, blessed thistle is a bitter herb that can help with saliva and gastric acid production which are essential for digestive health.

  1. It has anti-bacterial properties

Blessed thistle was traditionally used as a topical antibacterial treatment for minor wounds, cuts and rashes. A study has found that this herb does contain antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties which support the use of blessed thistle as a natural antibacterial product.

  1. It may increase milk production in nursing mothers

Blessed thistle is most commonly used to help boost the production of breast milk as it helps to increase the levels of prolactin which is the hormone responsible for increasing the mother's milk supply. Since not all mothers naturally produce enough breast milk this is an incredible supplement providing a natural and fast remedy to a very common and serious medical problem.

Flavour profile

Blessed thistle tea is described to have a rich and strong flavour, it's often used for flavouring dishes or even as a substitute for artichoke. This herb is often used as a cordial or infusion and tastes lovely brewed with some added sweetness to counterbalance its sharp flavour profile. 


Blessed Thistle tea is not recommended for pregnant women, infants, and young children.

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