Traditional/Health Functions Of Blessed Thistle
By Chisom Ibemere
Blessed thistle scientifically known as Cnicus benedictus is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean region and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine.
It is known by other common Name(s) including Cardin, Carduus benedictus, Holy thistle, Spotted thistle, St. Benedict’s thistle. It is composed of various nutrients and bioactive compounds that provide potential health and nutritional benefits.
Blessed thistle has compounds that can stimulate digestive function by promoting the stimulation of digestive juices and enzymes which may help relieve indigestion, bloating, and gas.
They contain compounds such as sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoids that have been shown to have hepatoprotective properties. They give protection to liver cells from damage and support overall liver function.
Blessed thistle is a source of flavonoids and polyphenols that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties which has the potential of reducing inflammation in the body and alleviating related conditions. They have immune-stimulating qualities.
Blessed thistle has been traditionally used as a galactagogue, which means it promotes breast milk production in lactating mothers. It stimulate milk flow and improve the quality of milk.
Blessed thistle is a rich source of antioxidants including flavonoids and phenolic acids, helping in protecting cells from oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. It has been used traditionally to relieve menstrual discomfort and regulate menstrual cycles and reduce all symptoms like cramps, bloating, and hormonal imbalances.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of blessed thistle may benefit skin health as it help alleviate skin conditions like acne and eczema and promote overall skin rejuvenation.
It’s important to note that individual results may vary, and blessed thistle should be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Special use cases like Pregnancy, breastfeeding or individuals with certain medical conditions should consult with a healthcare provider before consumption.