Blessed thistle is a long-used herb throughout several traditional healing practices. The herb has been employed in Ayurveda and traditional European herbalism for hundreds of years. The species name benedictus was derived from blessed thistle's perceived healthful properties implying its sacred virtues. Also referred to as holy thistle, this bitter herb remains popular in herbalism today.
Cnicus benedictus is native to the Mediterranean but has naturalized around the world. An annual in the Asteraceae family, blessed thistle has long narrow leaves and is completely covered in fine hairs. It may be best identified by its characteristic, prickly, green flowerhead. Oftentimes, blessed thistle leaves and flowering tops are collected in the summer, just after flowering and in the late morning after the dew has evaporated. Blessed thistle is closely related to other thistles that are often referred to as 'knapweeds' and are considered highly invasive species.
Blessed thistle has been revered since the Middle Ages in Europe for its use as a digestive stimulant and nutritive tonic. Also eaten as a vegetable, the herb is bitter in flavor and is typically prepared in extracts and cordials, such as Benedictine. Also employed in Ayurvedic medicine for its beneficial properties, blessed thistle is considered energetically cooling and drying with a bitter taste. Spiritually, the plant is linked to purification and protection. In ancient times, it was associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aries, and the fire element.
Blessed thistle extract can be paired with other bitter and aromatic herbs to make homemade digestive bitters blends and cordials. It is often paired with milk thistle to help support the daily functioning of the liver and GI tract. Blessed thistle extract can even be used as a bittering agent in mocktails and other after work beverages or can simply be added to water or juice. Our tincture is made from fresh organic blessed thistle. Macerated and pressed in small batches by our expert team, you can rely on the quality Mountain Rose delivers.
Packagin & Shipping • 1 oz., 2 oz., and 4 oz. extracts come in amber glass bottles with a dropper. • 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes come in amber glass bottles with a plastic screw cap and do not include a dropper. • 32 oz. extracts come in plastic bottles with a plastic screw cap.
Please note:All bulk sizes of 8 oz. and larger are produced to order. Please allow an additional three days for processing.
Precautions Persons with allergies to other members of theAsteraceaefamily (such as feverfew, chamomile, or Echinacea species) should exercise caution with blessed thistle as allergic cross-reactivity toAsteraceaeplants is common. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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