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The Miracles of St Mary's Thistle

Updated on September 21, 2014
Milk Thistle Bloom
Milk Thistle Bloom

St Mary's Thistle - Milk Thistle.

St Mary's Thistle, 'silybum marianum' also know as Milk Thistle is one of the main herbs used in alternative medicine to aid liver function.

The use of St Mary's Thistle dates back to as early as the century AD23-79 when it was widely used all those years ago as a liver protector.

This herb is still used to this day to help in liver recovery and is mostly used in alternative medicine as a tonic to help support and regenerate the liver.

Milk Thistle supports normal liver function and has a protective affect on the cell membranes as it is a strong antioxidant and free radical.

It is one of the the main ingredients in any good liver tonic and is renowned for its beneficial qualities to aid in nutritional support to maintain a normal healthy liver.

Milk Thistle Plant
Milk Thistle Plant

St Mary's Thistle - 'The Blessed Thistle'

St Mary's Thistle is a hardy stocking annual plant with a purple, thistle like flower, that flowers though the summer months.

The flower head changes from the purple flower into black seed heads with white tufts of hair sprouting out.

The fruit with its ripe seeds are the main part of the plant used as they hold the most of the plants powerful properties but the leaves can also be used as nearly all of this plant is.

St Mary's Thistle is a 'bitters', a diuretic herb, with a regenerative tonic effect on the liver cells, stimulating the flow of bile.

This herb is often used by nursing mothers to stimulate milk flow and increase lactation.

The Milk Thistle Leaves

The Milk Thistle Leaves
The Milk Thistle Leaves

St Mary's Thistle and Your Skin!

St Mary's Thistle is added to many moisturisers for its healing properties as it is said to soften rough dry skin.

It is used to heal problematic skin as it is rich in antioxidants and can be taken in tablet form or as a tea.

Regular use of Milk Thistle tea is said benefit the state of the skin giving it a soft healthy glow.

The Tea:

Pour boiling water over two tablespoons of crushed seeds.

Steep for 10 -15 mins

Add one teaspoon of peppermint leaves to the mixture.

The peppermint helps the effectiveness of the milk thistle and also makes the tea taste better

Drink once or twice daily.

With any herbal product and especially ones that you have never used before it is wise to ask a health specialist at a health food outlet to see if you are sorted to the product.

The Benefits of Using Milk Thistle

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Milk Thistle Seed Puff
Milk Thistle Seed Puff

© 2009 Julia M S Pearce

Thanks for the visit. Do you use Milk Thistle to maintain good health,let me know.

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    5 years ago

    I didn't realize the benefits of milk thistles, thanks for sharing.

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    5 years ago

    I must admit that when I find a thistle in my garden, usually after I have pricked my finger on a thorn, that the words I use are not usually the "blessed" kind ......

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    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, i just knew something new :)

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    Angela F 

    6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    I like the idea of adding peppermint to make a tea - must try this one.

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    7 years ago

    It helps to take marshmallow root with it - easier on the tummy. Nice job here.

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    7 years ago

    We've got similar thistle here where I love. This lens makes me curious about the variety around my own home.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    7 years ago from United States

    Fabulous little plant and it's kind of pretty too :)

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    7 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I was researching for something in my shop and your link came up as having it on your lens! I have to thank you so very much for choosing my design--Thistle-small framed print by abitosunshine! How great a feeling to see it here -- a tickle of a thistle!

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    8 years ago from Australia

    I think I know this thing called St Mary's Thistle. It's hard to get at, so the prepared products like thistle tea would be better for me. At my age, I need all the help I can get!

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    Cynthia Arre 

    8 years ago from Quezon City

    I had no idea it had a lot of uses! Thanks for sharing all this great information *blessed*

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    9 years ago

    I love this plant but never knew it's name before. Very Good and Helpful Lens!

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    Adrienne Jenkins 

    9 years ago

    Cool. Didn't know its uses. I'm giving nature tours so I can include some of these useful tidbits.

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    Laurel Johnson 

    9 years ago from Washington KS

    This was all new info for me. We have milk thistle growing on our property so now i know what to do with it. Great lens, well constructed and interesting.

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    9 years ago

    Your St. Mary's thistle lens or as your youtube clips refer to it, Milk thistle , is completely new information for me. Thanks for the scoop!! 5*/fav

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    Dianne Loomos 

    9 years ago

    Interesting lens on milk thistle.

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    9 years ago

    Really coolphotos and lots of great info. Who knew thistle had so many benefits.

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    Michey LM 

    9 years ago

    This is very good I learn something new today.



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    Rhonda Albom 

    9 years ago from New Zealand

    Really good information here. I learned something new and may give it a try.

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    9 years ago

    I knew milk thistle was good for the liver, but didn't realize it was also good for the skin! Thanks for the info!

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    Carol Fisher 

    9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

    Good lens with lots of beautiful pictures.

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    9 years ago

    Good lens, Thanks for the info

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    9 years ago

    A great lens. I did not know this. We have thistles here too but I think they are not this type. I have taken pictures of these thistles and I have one of the pictures on facebook. 5*

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    Julia M S Pearce 

    9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

    [in reply to OhMe] Yes, thistles are a great looking plant.Thanks OhMe!

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    Julia M S Pearce 

    9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

    [in reply to susannaduffy] Thanks Susanna, I know that I must be doing well when this Angel blessing from you pops up.Thanks for dropping by!

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    9 years ago

    I do like lenses about natural remedies - very well done.

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    9 years ago

    Educational and yes, I loved the pictures too! The thistle is so pretty!

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 

    9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    I love the look of the thistle and am learning from you about all it's medicinal benefits. Great lens.

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    Susanna Duffy 

    9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    Blessed by an Angel today (


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