Blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus) is thus named due to the ancient belief that it possesses supernatural qualities. It may be otherwise referred to as St. Benedict Thistle, Holy or Sacred thistle, the names motivated by the frequent use of the herb in the quality of the healing agent at the medieval monasteries. It has historically been incorporated as a supplement for nursing mothers and included in European tonics.
Blessed thistle is a relative of Milk thistle (also known as Marian, St. Mary's and Our Lady's Thistle) and therefore is similar to it in some of its characteristics. It has originally been cultivated in Europe and Asia, but is now harvested from all around the world. It grows up to two feet tall and in May through June bears pale yellow flowers. The whole of the plant (its leaves, stems and flowers) is used in herbal preparations, aimed at treating a wide range of ailments. The herb has long been known as a powerful tonic, stimulant, diaphoretic, emetic and emmenagogue.
Blessed thistle capsules have shown impressive results in counteracting various infections, diarrhea, fevers, anorexia, lung, liver and gallbladder diseases. Moreover, blessed thistle capsules promote blood purification, increase lactation, address circulatory disorders and even lack of appetite.
The herb of blessed thistle is said to possess great virtues against fevers of all kinds. Due to the fact that blessed thistle capsules support circulation and purification of blood, they promote brain activity and strengthen the memory. For improving the activity of female reproductive system blessed thistle capsules are one of the most useful preparations to which employment can be given. Blessed thistle capsules are now widely used as a female tonic and a dietary herbal supplement. This preparation is not only an excellent appetite stimulant, but it also stimulates stomach and intestinal activity.
Besides the fact that it is an excellent heart tonic and blood purifier, blessed thistle is the common remedy for constipation and flatulence. Blessed thistle capsules are known to cure various liver ailments, for example, jaundice and hepatitis, so they are implemented for relieving painful menstrual symptoms, involving liver. Such powerful components of blessed thistle capsules as B-complex, manganese, iron, calcium, cincin and essential oils, alleviate all kinds of inflammation.
However, nature-health enthusiasts hail the blessed thistle herb first and foremost as the healing agent, which supports female reproductive system. Blessed thistle is potent as a single herb preparation, but is also available in various herbal combinations, attributing to it extra healing properties. Blessed thistle can be taken in combination with the following herbs: black raspberry, alfalfa, marshmallow and fenugreek. It is recommended to resort to blessed thistle capsules to increase milk supply. Blessed thistle has been reported as virtually non-toxic with only occasional suggestions that its use may induce negative side effects.
However, taking into account its positive influence on the female reproductive system, the use of blessed thistle capsules during pregnancy and lactating period is not forbidden. For the considerations of safety, pregnant and lactating women as well as people with known medical conditions are strongly suggested to consult their physician before taking any herbal dietary supplement, in particular blessed thistle capsules.