(Medicinal Herbs) Blessed Thistle

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Blessed Thistle Scientific Names and Common Names,Blessed Thistle Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Blessed Thistle Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Medicinal Herbs)  Blessed Thistle

Contents:

Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | How Sold | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Cnicus benedictus L. Composite family

Common Names

Bitter thistle
Blessed cardus
Holy thistle
Saint Benedict thistle
Spotted thistle

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Parts Usually Used

The plant
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Blessed thistle is a hairy annual herb; 10-30 inches tall. Both leaves and stems are hairy. The stems are 5-sided. The leaves broadest at the base; lacerated, spiny-toothed. The flowers are yellow, with a large leafy bract beneath; April to September. Reddish, spinelike projections surround yellow tufts of flowers.
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Where Found

Roadsides, waste places. United States; common in California.
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Medicinal Properties

Diaphoretic, emetic, tonic, stimulant, fegrifuge
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Biochemical Information

Cincin and volatile oils
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Blessed thistle has been used medicinally for centuries.

Once considered a rank weed and an obscure food plant (young leaves with spines removed are edible), in recent years this thistle has gained prominence as a medicinal plant, especially in Europe. Clinical trials have found it useful in the treatment of Amanita mushroom poisoning; it is credited with saving a number of lives in Europe.

For menstrual problems, it is taken in combination with other herbs such as ginger, cramp bark, and blue cohosh root. This herb is often included in commercial herbal preparations designed specifically for women.

Blessed thistle is sometimes cultivated, but mostly it has escaped from garden areas.
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Uses

One of the oldest folk remedies for the treatment of amenorrhea (absence of the menstrual cycle after the onset of menstruation).

Increases appetite, and stomach secretions. Heals the liver. Improves poor circulation, purifies the blood, increases bile production, helps sluggish appetite, stimulates memory, resolves blood clots, strengthens the heart, and alleviates pneumonitis (inflammation of the lung tissue). Aids milk flow in the nursing mother. Use for colds, fever, headaches, the tea helps digestive problems, as well as gas in the intestines, constipation, and liver troubles, dropsy. Care should be taken not to make the tea too strong as it may cause vomiting. Tea also used for boils, chilblains, deafness, gout, migraines, suppressed menses, jaundice, and ringworm.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: 1 oz. dried herb to 1 pint of boiling water.
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How Sold

Capsules: take 1 capsule up to 3 times daily

Extract: mix 10-20 drops in liquid daily.
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Warning

Handle carefully to avoid toxic skin effects.

Large doses may cause irritation, vomiting.

Should not be taken during pregnancy; it stimulates onset of menses.
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Bibliography

, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by Frances Densmore, Dover Publications, Inc., 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, first printed by the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, in 1928, this Dover edition 1974

, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, published from 1954, print 1988

, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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