Native to the Mediterranean, Blessed Thistle was first used in Ayurvedic medicine before being planted throughout Europe and being used to treat the black plague in the 1500s. Commonly ingested as a tea, Blessed Thistle is used to treat loss in appetite, upset stomach, and gas.
It is also used to increase milk supply in nursing mothers, but is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Always consult your healthcare professional before using your own remedies. The bitter compounds in Blessed Thistle also make it a good addition to homemade bitters or tonics.