Bitter Vegetable Drug
In Europe, blessed thistle, is known as a "bitter vegetable drug" considered to be a medicinal agent used to stimulate appetite, aid digestion and promote health.
Blessed Thistle is used to strengthen the heart, and is useful in all remedies for lung, kidney, and especially liver problems.
Blessed thistle is also used as a brain food for stimulating the memory.
Blessed thistle is generally taken as an herbal tea three to five times per day. As an aromatic bitter, a cup of the unsweetened tea is drunk half-an-hour before meals. It is recommended that boiling water be poured over the finely chopped herb, or alternatively that cold water is added to the herb material and brought to the boil and after 5 to 10 minutes strained.
Blessed Thistle Supplement
Historically used as a supplement for nursing mothers. Used as a healing agent in religious monasteries during the middle ages.
Blessed Thistle has traditionally been used in European tonics for digestion and feminine health.
As a woman ages, her body experiences a number of changes, many of which are the result of shifting hormone levels. This progression leads to changes in the menstrual cycle and eventually culminates in menopause with its many uncomfortable side effects.
Blessed Thistle is often used in herbal remedies for these menopause symptoms and for menstrual cramping, as well.
Finding Nature's Blessed Thistle
Blessed Thistle is generally found along roadsides and in wastelands. It is an annual, and reaches to 2 feet tall. Most folks consider this a pesky weed, so cultivation is not common. This plant is covered with tiny spines that are rather painful when they get stuck in the skin, so buying commercial is the easiest way to obtain it.
See also: Black Cohosh Root
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