Herb of the Day: Blessed Thistle

Herb of the Day Blessed ThistleThe use of Blessed Thistle dates back to the Middle Ages when it was a popular tonic for monks as well as a medicinal herb.  This beautiful plant belongs to the sunflower family and falls under the “weeds we love” category here at TriLight.  Many a home gardener has tried to rid their yard of this plant!  Blessed Thistle is best known for use with nursing mothers to help promote breast milk supply.  Herbalists generally use blessed thistle in capsule, tincture, poultice or tea form.

Traditional Uses

  • Menstrual Regulation
  • Bile Production
  • Detoxification
  • Fever
  • Heart Tonic
  • Circulation
  • Memory
  • Breastmilk Production
  • Liver Support
  • Gallbladder
  • Increase Appetite


The Plant

Blessed Thistle is known by the Latin name Cnicus benedictus and belongs to the Asteraceae family of plants.  Native to the Mediterranean, Blessed Thistle is now found worldwide.  Known as a noxious weed, blessed thistle will often show up in an untended area of the yard or on agricultural land.  However, if one wishes to grow Blessed Thistle, it can be propagated from seed.  This plant is very low maintenance and easy to grow, preferring sun &  well-draining soil.  Blessed Thistle is a beautiful addition to the garden and will grow around three feet tall.  Generally, Blessed Thistle is harvested after the stunning flowers bloom.  As long as a few plants are left in the garden, this plant will continue to grow year after year.

We make a single herbal extract from Blessed Thistle.

Kate loves this extract

I love taking this product! The taste is impeccable and makes me feel great!”

Blessed Thistle should not be used during pregnancy.  Large doses may work as an emetic and lead to nausea or vomiting.  Individuals with “ragweed” allergies should avoid use of plants in the Asteraceae family. 
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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2 Responses to Herb of the Day: Blessed Thistle

  1. Marianne says:

    I didn’t know that Blessed Thistle was a common weed! And it’s great to know it helps bile production and the gallbladder as I have had mine removed.

  2. Laura says:

    I was getting so excited about Blessed Thistle until I read the warning. :( I have an allergy to ragweed. What else could I use?

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