Bulk Blessed Thistle Cut & Sifted

Cnicus Benedictus
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[ 1464 ]Cnicus Benedictus

Blessed Thistle Cut & Sifted

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Blessed thistle is a member of the daisy family native to the Mediterranean. Because the plant had a reputation in Medieval Europe as a cure for the plague and "other diseases of melancholy," it also became known as holy thistle and St. Benedict's thistle.

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approximate cups to one pound19
active compoundsSesquiterpene Lactones, such as Cnicin.
plant part usedleaves, stems, and flowers
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaTan colored fibrous material with green flecks and no detectable aroma.


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cosmeticBlessed thistle is used to make various topical preparations for troubled skin.
culinaryAdd to tea blends in combination with other herbs.
industrialUsed to flavor alcoholic beverages.
safetyMay reduce the effectiveness of H2-blockers and proton pump inhibitors.

flavor profile

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Flavor is improved with herbs that balance its bitter qualities, such as chamomile.


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Historically, blessed thistle was very popular in Medieval England, most likely due to the legend that King Charlemagne was visited by an angel that directed use of the herb to counter everything from headache and poor memory to the black plague and smallpox. This attribution, coupled with the fact that monastery monks were tasked with cultivating blessed thistle in quantity, is why the herb is also known as holy thistle and St. Benedict thistle.

The bitter, astringent qualities of blessed thistle are due to tannins and alkaloids, most notably a bitter compounds called cnicine. The herb is traditionally prepared as tea, tonic infusion or tincture. Blessed thistle is also made into herbal bitters and aperitif digestives. In fact, it is an ingredient in the classic angostura bitters formula.

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