December 07, 2022

Blessed Thistle 1:2 (Cnicus Benedictus)


Blessed thistle is used to treat a variety of conditions but is probably best-known for its beneficial actions on the digestive system by stimulating digestion and appetite


1.5-4.5 mls per day, 10.50-31.5 mls per week

Parts Used:

Flowering tops

Main Actions:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Galactagogue
  • Emetic
  • Diaphoretic
  • Astringent
  • Emmenagogue

Key Indications:

  • Gastrointestinal stimulant
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Flatulence and stomach upsets
  • Beneficial actions on the kidneys and liver
  • Stimulates breast milk production

Major Safety Issues:

None known