Common Names: Carbenia Benedicta, Cardo Bendito, Cardo Santo, Carduus, Carduus Benedictus, Chardon Beni, Chardon Benit, Chardon Marbre, Cnici Benedicti Herba, Cnicus, Cnicus Benedictus, Holy Thistle, Safran Sauvage, Spotted Thistle, St. Benedict Thistle.
Scientific Name: Cnicus Benedictus L., Composite Family
Common Uses: Diarrhea, Coughs, Infections, Boils, Wounds, Promoting milk flow in breast-feeding mothers, Promoting urine flow. Blessed thistle was commonly used during the Middle Ages to treat the bubonic plague and as a tonic for monks. Fever, bacterial infections, colds, and diarrhea. Some people soak gauze in blessed thistle and apply it to the skin for treating boils, wounds, and ulcers.
*Warnings: Blessed thistle might be safe for most people. In high doses, such as more than 5 grams per cup of tea, blessed thistle can cause stomach irritation and vomiting. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take blessed thistle by mouth if you are pregnant. There is some evidence that it might not be safe during pregnancy. It’s also best to avoid blessed thistle if you are breast-feeding. Not enough is known about the safety of this product. Intestinal problems, such as infections, Crohn’s disease, and other inflammatory conditions: Don’t take blessed thistle if you have any of these conditions. It might irritate the stomach and intestines. Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Blessed thistle may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking blessed thistle.
Origin: Roadsides, waste places. United States; common in California.