(Compositae Cnicus benedictus)
supports digestive health.
***We use the entire sheep sorrel plant, including the roots, in our formula!***
The leaves and flowering tops of blessed thistle is most commonly used for digestive problems such as gas, constipation, and upset stomach. This plant is harvested in the summer months. It grows along roadsides across the U.S., peaking in May and June.
In the past, blessed thistle was looked to as a universal panacea. Now, is now considered most useful for digestive problems in particular. It works by stimulating the production of saliva and digestive juices in the gut.
However, blessed thistle also has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. This herb has been used to treat liver and gallbladder diseases. Blessed thistle is also used to treat anorexia and poor appetite due to depression. Some natural herbalists use blessed thistle to support the health of the female reproductive system. It also appears to aid circulation throughout the body.
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