Milk thistle, also known as Mary’s thistle and silybum marianum is an annual or biennial plant that blooms a large red to purple flower. Milk thistle is most commonly found in dry, arid places with a lot of sun exposure.
Milk thistle has been used medicinally since antiquity. The small greyish seeds are very rich in flavonoids and can be used for the protection and fortification of the liver, as well as the regeneration of any damaged liver tissue. These healing properties can be largely attributed to milk thistle’s phytochemical compounds that have high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Milk thistle can also be used against issues of the gallbladder, as it can promote bile production. Milk thistle seeds have been shown to promote tissue regeneration and besides helping with the liver, they can also help with regeneration of damaged kidney tissue. Milk thistle seeds can also contribute to lowering bad cholesterol and creating a more balanced lipid blood profile. They can fortify the immune system and increase milk supply in lactating women.
To prepare a milk thistle brew, we add half a teaspoon seeds in boiling water and we allow to simmer for 15-20’ minutes. We can drink the brew up to three times per day.
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