Benefits of Blessed Thistle
Apart from using medicine, administering alternative herbal treatments can be beneficial too. Blessed thistle is plant which can be classified under herbal medicines and is known by several other names such as St. Holy ghost herb, cardin, bitter thistle and chardon benit among many other names. This plant was widely used during the middle ages in Europe. Like the name suggests, blessed thistle has a thistle like appearance and its flowers are of a hermaphroditic nature. Outlined below are some of its benefits.
1. Fights bacterial infections
Blessed thistle contains polyacetylene and cnicin which are chemicals that fight bacterial infections thoroughly. These chemicals can remove various kinds of bacteria making blessed thistle very significant because of its antimicrobial effects.
2. Cures digestive diseases
Traditionally, blessed thistle was used for stimulating the secretion of stomach acid. Further, it is also used in treating flatulence and indigestion. Nowadays, herbal practitioners are manufacturing digestion enhancement tonics which are further used to treat anorexia apart from treating other kinds of diarrhea. These tonics are also used for stimulating bile flow.
3. Astringent properties
Because of its astringent like properties, blessed thistle helps to stop or slow excessive bleeding. For this reason, it is used in the production of numerous natural remedies for boils, wound and even skin ulcers. It further purifies the blood and treats yeast infections and some types of vaginal discharge.
Blessed thistle has anti-inflammatory properties which have been seen to not only treat infections but also reduce or stop inflammation. However individuals with inflammatory bowel conditions should not take blessed thistle without consulting the doctor.
Nevertheless, taking high doses of this plant, more than 5gm per cup, may trigger vomiting and stomach irritation. Further, it is known to irritate the gastrointestinal tract’s lining when ingested by way of mouth.