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(Silybum marianum)

Blessed Thistle is a world-famous, bitter herb that is popular for promoting a healthy appetite and for nourishing the digestive system. The herb is also popular as a glandular tonic and liver rejuvenator. You often find Blessed Thistle combined with other liver-nourishing herbs like Milk Thistle and Dandelion. Alone or in combination, Blessed Thistle is a valuable herb for good health maintenance.

PROPERTIES: appetite stimulant
Parts used: seed 

 • used in the treatment of constipation and flatulence

• used for treatment of a variety of liver problems

• also improves circulation and purifies the blood, increasing oxygen to the brain to stimulate memory. 

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Tincture: 10 to 60 drops three times a day or 2 to 10 pumps of the spray.

CONTRA INDICATIONS: Excess use (many times the recommended dosage) may cause vomiting. Blessed Thistle should be handled carefully to avoid skin problems. If you are allergic to other members of the Compositae (daisy, ragwort, and chamomile) family of plants, you may be allergic to Blessed Thistle. 

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.