Also known as Mary Thistle and Holy Thistle, Milk Thistle is a flowering plant of the daisy family native to the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East.
Traditionally Milk Thistle has been used to treat a broad range of conditions, though perhaps primarily to support the liver in detoxification regimes, and also to help improve digestion.
It is also said to help ease menstrual discomforts and kidney complaints.
Modern uses of Milk Thistle include the treatment of Hepatitis A, B and C, and numerous forms of liver disease, including Cirrhosis and other alcohol-and-drug-related liver damage, as well as jaundice and gall bladder issues.
Some herbalists favour Milk Thistle to help promote skin health and bone health, to protect against and reduce the symptoms of some allergic reactions such as asthma, and even to help reduce cholesterol and support weight loss.
Indeed, Milk Thistle is today recognised by some herbalists as something of an all round tonic.
Best taken as a tea (see below).
To make a tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of crushed Earthfare Organic Milk Thistle Seeds and allow to steep for 10 – 15 mins. Strain and sip. For improved flavour add 1 teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Peppermint Leaves and allow to brew with seeds.
For further information on the properties and use of Milk Thistle we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.