Blessed Thistle Organic Cut & Sifted

Blessed Thistle Organic Cut & Sifted

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Although organic blessed thistle is grown without chemicals, the leaf is generally considered unpalatable. It is used to produce herbal bitters and digestifs, however, often in combination with quinine, gentian and other bitter herbs.

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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 and light green with a woody texture.


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industrialUsed as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.
safetyMay decrease the effects of over-the-counter and prescription antacids.

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Gentian and blessed thistle are common ingredient partners in bitters and digestifs.

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cut & sifted blessed thistle

Bitter and astringent.

culinary companions

Often combined with fennel seed and gentian.


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blessed thistle

Blessed thistle was cultivated during the Middle Ages, especially by monks who considered the plant to be restorative as well as a cure for the bubonic plague. The earliest documentation of the plant’s characteristics were recorded by early herbalist William Turner in 1568, with information about its cultivation being published in the works of John Gerard in 1597. One of the most flattering tributes to blessed thistle as a panacea was penned by Thomas Brasbridge, who, in 1578, published Poore Man's Jewell, that is to say, a Treatise of the Pestilence, unto which is annexed a declaration of the vertues of the Hearbes Carduus Benedictus and Angelica.

The leaves and flowering tops, which are collected in mid-summer, are still used today to prepare teas, herbal bitters and tinctures.

Description: Blessed thistle is native to Europe and Asia but is now cultivated all over the world. It is an annual herb which reaches a height of 2 feet. It features a brown, hairy stem with spiny, lance shaped leaves. The plant produces yellow flowers which appear from late spring through late summer.

Safety: Blessed thistle is fairly safe and free from side effects although anyone with allergies to plants in the daisy family should avoid its use. Blessed thistle tea may cause nausea and vomiting if made too strongly.

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