Blessed Thistle is also known as Holy Thistle or St. Benedict's Thistle. Its Latin name, Cnicus Benedictus, means "God's healing herb."

Blessed Thistle tea helps nursing mothers increase milk supply. It improves circulation and balances hormones.

Large doses emetic and expectorant. Thistle's bitter glycosides may stimulate appetite and aid digestion.

Thistle is known for helping the liver and kidneys. Homeopaths use a tincture for jaundice, hepatitis, and arthritis in homoeopathic formulas.

Herbalists and healers believed bitter herbs gave strength to fight illness.

Bitter compounds in this herb reduce mucosal thickness and increase mucosal fluid production, which may explain its benefits for digestion and the reproductive organs.

It contains antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent compounds.

Blessed thistle is available in capsules, herbal tinctures, and extracts. Herbal guidebooks recommend using it as a poultice for certain wounds.