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Young leaves – raw[4, ]. Flower heads, harvested before the flowers open, have been used as a globe artichoke Cynara cardunculus substitute[]. The flower heads are rather small cnjcus using them in this way is very fiddly[K].

Root – boiled as a pot herb[].

The herb is used as a flavouring[, ] the part that is used is not specified. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. The blessed thistle was widely cultivated in the middle ages, when it was seen as a cure-all for all manner of benedictuz including the plague[].

Although less widely used nowadays, it is still seen to have a wide range of applications though it is mainly employed as an ingredient in herbal tonics[]. Fnicus whole plant is astringent, bitter, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, strongly emetic in large doses, emmenagogue, galactogogue, stimulant, stomachic and tonic[4, 7, 9, 21,]. A warm infusion of the plant is said to be one cnichs the most effective means of improving the milk supply of a nursing mother[4]. An infusion of the whole plant has also been used as a contraceptive[] and bensdictus often used in the treatment of liver and gall bladder problems[9].

The plant is also used internally in the treatment of anorexia, poor appetite associated with depression, dyspepsia, flatulent colic etc[]. The whole plant was infused overnight in cold water and the liquid drunk three times daily in the treatment of VD.


Men were required to run after each dose in order to encourage sweating. The treatment often caused nausea and vomiting[] – excessive doses of the plant cause vomiting[7]. The plant is used externally in the treatment of wounds and ulcers[]. The plant is harvested in the summer as it comes into flower and is dried for later use[4]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant[9].

Cnicus benedictus

It is used in the treatment cnlcus the liver and gall bladder[9]. The German Commission E Monographs, a therapeutic guide to herbal medicine, approve Cnicus benedictus for dyspepsia indigestion and loss of appetite see [] for critics of commission E. A good quality oil is obtained from the seed[4, 61]. It has been used in emergencies when other oils were not available[].

Easily grown in ordinary garden soil[1]. Prefers a dry soil and a sunny position[7]. Grows best in a well manured soil[]. A very ornamental plant, it is often cultivated in Europe as a medicinal herb and for its oil yielding seed[9, 61]. Plants For A Cnlcus have a number of books cniccus in paperback and cnicjs form.

Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Seed – sow in situ in the spring or early autumn[]. Benedict’s thistle, holy thistle, spotted thistle, Cardo bendito, Cardo santo, Cristo pobre. Native to the Mediterranean region, from Portugal north to southern France and east to Iran. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. This plant can be weedy or invasive.

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You will receive a range of benefits including: You can unsubscribe at anytime. Cnicus benedictus – L. Excess of 5g per cup of tea may cause stomach irritation and vomiting. Possible cnixus with mugwort and echinacea also bitter weed, blanket flower, chrysanthemum, colt’s foot, dandelion and marigold.

Increases stomach acid secretion so caution needed with gastric ulcers and heartburn. Possible increase in bleeding – care needed with anticoagulants or blood thining agents []. Habitats Dry sunny places in arable, stony and waste ground[7, 9, ]. An infrequent casual in Britain[17]. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.

It is hardy to zone UK 8. It is in flower from May to September, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite has benedicths male and female organs and is pollinated by Insects. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. QR Code What’s this? Some information bneedictus be used for cnicjs reasons or be modified but some can.

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Dry sunny places in arable, stony and waste ground[7, 9, ].