The benefits of Blessed Thistle tea are quite well-known in the field of herbal medicine for centuries. Blessed thistle was originally used in Ayurvedic medicine in India and Bhutan, and was introduced in Europe in the 1500s where it gained the title “blessed” for its use in treating plague.
The blessed thistle is a weed with prickly leaves and yellow flowers surrounded by purple spikes. Almost all parts of the blessed thistle plant, such as the leaves, flowers and stem, are used in herbal preparations like the blessed thistle tea.
Blessed thistle tea can be prepared by dousing about 1 to 3 dried blessed thistle herb in a cup of boiled water for 5 to 15 minutes. It can then be drank three times a day prior to eating meals.
Here are some of the healthy properties attributed to blessed thistle tea:
- May be used for treatment of digestive problems, like gas, constipation and stomach upset.
- May be used to improve appetite.
- May be used to detoxify the body.
- May have some liver and gallbladder support properties, though there is a need for more research in this area.