Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)
The Milk thistle is one of the more valued herbs in the medicinal plant pharmacology. Also known as Our lady’s Thistle, this herb is a native of North America. According to folklore, the white lines on the green leaves are symbolic of the milk that Mother Mary spilled when she nursed Infant Jesus laying in the midst of a field where the thistle grew.
The herb was used in ancient times as a treatment for the liver; it protects the liver against damage and also helps regenerate when the liver is destroyed by abuse. It is today used as such both in the USA and Europe. It is the best for alcoholics and also for anyone who is fighting substance abuse.
Milk thistle use has been approved by the German Commission E for treatment of liver and minor dyspeptic complaints. Combined with other herbs it also helps the gallbladder and in general, the digestive system.
In ancient times, this herb was also used as a mouth freshener and as a deodorant for doing away with the smell of sweaty underarms. In the form of tea, it strengthened the stomach and increased urine production.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!