Blessed Thistle - Cnicus benedictu
Blessed Thistle is a very bitter herb that works mainly as a tonic for the gastrointestinal and digestive system. Alleviates dyspepsia, indigestion, flatulence, and colic. It is good for treating anorexia, particularly when it is associated with depression.
It is used as a tonic for overall body health, strengthens the heart and lungs and promote general healing. It stimulates the production of bile by the liver and is often used to treat gallbladder and liver disorders, such as jaundice and hepatitis.
Improves overall circulation, an effective blood cleanser and purifier. It acts as brain food by increasing circulation to the brain.
For the treatment of female disorders, a natural hormone balancer. Good for amenorrhea, which is the absence of the menstrual cycle after the onset of menstruation. The herb is used to alleviate menstrual headaches and cramps, as well as the headaches of women experiencing menopausal discomforts.
Blessed Thistle is also used to stimulate lactation and increase milk flow in nursing mothers.
An antiseptic and antibacterial effects when used against a wide variety or organisms, including yeast infections (Candida albicans ).
It is also useful in the treatment of diarrhea. Recent lab experiments have shown cytotoxicity activity against cancer cells when using extract of Blessed Thistle.