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Profile: Cnicus benedictus is the botanical name for this plant.

Common Names: Blessed Cardus, Holy Thistle, Saint Benedict Thistle, Spotted Thistle, Bitter Thistle


Cnicus benedictus is an annual of the Asteraceae family that is native to the Mediterranean. It features long, narrow leaves that are totally coated in fine hairs and a spiky green flowerhead. The herb blessed thistle has been used in traditional European herbal medicine since the Middle Ages. Blessed thistle has a bitter taste and is widely used in extracts and cordials.

Blessed thistle was first employed in Ayurvedic medicine before making its way to Europe. It had established itself in European folk medicine by the early sixteenth century and was widely grown in monastic gardens. In his play Much Ado About Nothing, the famed playwright Shakespeare mentions the holy thistle.

Purification is related with it spiritually, hence it's utilized in purification baths. It is also thought that wearing a small amount of it will protect you from evil. It was also linked to the planet Mars, the Aries zodiac sign, and the element fire.

Blessed thistle has been utilized in numerous formulae in the United States and Germany, primarily as a component of digestive bitters. Many other thistles, such as milk thistle, contain properties that are similar to blessed thistle. The herb milk thistle, in particular, has been utilized to help the liver operate properly. Blessed thistle, according to herbalist Michael Moore, can be used in the same way as other bitters that stimulate the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as barberry and gentian.


**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.


Ingredients: Blessed thistle
Origin:  USA
Shelf Life: 2 Years.
Product Style: Powder
Handling / Storage: Store in a airtight Food Storage Containers, cool, dry place.
Allergen Information: None Specified.
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