Cardo Santo (Blessed Thistle) - Carduus Benedictus
Cardo Santo (Blessed Thistle) - Carduus Benedictus

Cardo Santo (Blessed Thistle) - Carduus Benedictus

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Blessed Thistle used as Liver Detox Tea and other health benefits!

Blessed Thistle - Carduus Benedictus

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Stem, Leaf, Fruit


The Marian thistle, scientific name Silybum marianum, is a medicinal plant also known as thistle-de-maria, thistle-thistle, thistle, thistle and other denominations. Belonging to the Asteraceae family, this plant is native to Europe and Asia, but was naturalized in North and South America.

The medicinal properties and benefits provided by the Marian thistle are recognized more than 2,000 years ago. There are records dating from the first century that indicate the use of this plant by the Romans, as a protective agent of the liver. Medical records dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries also cite the Marian thistle in the treatment of evils.

Health benefits:

Extraction of the Silymarin marianm , an extract from the Marian thistle herb, was isolated for research by German scientists in the year 1968, when they discovered that it can be applied to treat liver diseases. In addition, it has been discovered that the plant is rich in antioxidants, being up to ten times more potent than vitamin E.

Although the studies are not very old, the plant's applications in the treatment of hepatobiliary diseases is, dating to the 19th century. In addition, its use as a hepatoprotective has records in historical references of ancient Greece. Useful against jaundice, removal of obstructions of the liver, besides treating varicose veins and problems derived from menstruation.

Among the properties of the plant are still its action as antiseptic, aperient, anticholesterolemic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, collagen, choleretic, depurative, digestive, diuretic, stomach, hepatoprotective, hypertensive, regenerative and bitter tonic.

Its seeds were consumed during breastfeeding in order to increase milk production and, moreover, is very suitable for treating depressive states.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Assist digestion
  • Combat stomach and intestinal gas
  • Improve liver function
  • Stimulate appetite
  • Favor healing of wounds
  • Helps in the treatment of infections, such as gonorrhea


  1. Put 2 tablespoons of herb to a liter of water
  2. Turn off when the water reaches boil
  3. Cover and leave the solution muffled for about 10 minutes
  4. Strain and drink

How to Drink:

Take 2 to 3 cups a day.

Take a cup before meals, as an aperitif or after meals.


The use of blessed thistle is contraindicated for children, people who have kidney problems, ulcers, gastritis or hypertension. The use of seeds can only be done through medical prescription. Overdosage can lead to burns in the digestive tract, vomiting, and diarrhea. The leaves should be consumed very carefully, as they may accumulate too much nitrate, which makes them toxic.