Holy Thistle Cnicus benedictus (Compositae)

Other Names: blessed thistle, spotted thistle, St. benedict thistle
Traditional Uses:digestive tonic, liver and gall bladder disorders, chilblains, wounds and burns
Magical Uses:
Description: Branching annual plant that grows on a
single taproot. Hairy red stems that grow up to 2 ft,
with long green white veined leaves that are deeply
cut and spiny. In late summer plant blooms with
yellow and brown thistled flowers that succumb to
single seed pods in autumn.

Use: Roots can be used right after flowering, leaves
can be picked just before flowering, flowers used
whole and seed pods are picked after dry. Used as a
digestive tonic and to treat liver and gall bladder.
Also used to induce sweating. Poultice of the leaves
relieves wounds and burns.

Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1?

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Written by Melanie Hooten

Melanie Hooten was a Isian and Correllian High Priestess. She studied Wicca for over 15 years, before her sudden passing in 2015, age 36. Melanie was a light in the world, and her writing are left here as a testament to her love of the Earth, and of the Goddess.


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