Hierbas del Mundo

Cnicus benedictus – Blessed thisle

The Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) is an annual plant from the family of the Asteraceae and grows in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean Sea, South America and South Africa

Blessed thistle is a bitter spice. An ancient folk wisdom brought the proverb: ‘Bitter in the mouth, makes the heart healthy’.

In the contemporary phytotherapy the whole above ground growing herb is used. Blessed Thistle can be beneficial in treating stomach disorders, indigestion and loss of appetite. It is also used to treat viral and bacterial infections and helps with menstrual problems.

For use as a herbal tea: Use 2 tablespoons of herbs in half a litre of boiling water and let it soak for about 10 minutes.

Drink 3 cups daily, either hot or cold. May be sweetened with honey.

Warning: It is possible for some people to have an allergic reaction to Blessed Thistle. Be attentive! Do not exceed the recommended dose, keep out of the reach of children. Consult your doctor or nutritionist before use. This product and is not a substitute for a healthy and varied diet.