Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle
Also known as- Cnicus benedictus, Carbenia benedicta, Cardo Santo, Carduus, Carduus benedictus, Cnici Benedicti Herba, Cnicus, Holy Thistle, Spotted Thistle, St. Benedict Thistle.


The blessed thistle is a weed with prickly leaves and yellow flowers surrounded by purple spikes. Originally used in Ayurvedic medicine in India and Bhutan, the plant was introduced to Europe in the 1500Ís where it gained the title "blessed" for its use in treating plague.


Bitter principles, primarily cnicin.

Parts Used

Dried leaves, stems, and flowers.

Typical Preparations

As a tea infusion, in capsules or as an extract.


Blessed thistle is used to treat digestive ailments fundamentally caused by insufficient secretion of stomach acid. The herbÍs bitter taste triggers a reflex reaction that releases gastric juices into the stomach, especially those needed to digest fats. For this reason, modern herbalists agree that the plant is helpful for loss of appetite, upset stomach, and gas„although it may be better to take the herb before these symptoms occur (such as before eating a fatty meal), rather than after. The herb is also antibacterial. Also may be used for chronic gastric conditions. Can also be used as an astringent. It is selectively bacteriostatic.


Generally not recommended during pregnancy. If you are allergic to artichokes, avoid this herb.


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