Isn’t it wonderful when you find a treatment for an ailment such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) and you find that the side effects are: oxygenating the heart and brain, balancing hormones and aiding digestion. Such is the case with Blessed Thistle.
Blessed Thistle is a bitter herb that has a long history of relieving digestive disorders. Bitters in blessed thistle stimulate the secretion of bile and digestive juices in the stomach and aid in the breakdown of fats, and assists in the assimilation of nutrients. It is effective in treating gas, constipation, UTIs and acid reflux.
Blessed thistle herb is also considered a depurative, having diuretic properties; that help to purify the system by ridding the body of toxins. The medicinal actions of Blessed Thistle help support and repair the liver, pancreas, bladder and spleen. It is an effective treatment for gallstones and hepatitis.
I have found that urinary tract infections respond as well to being treated with gentian and blessed thistle as they do to antibiotics. And the herbs don’t harm the delicate beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Antibiotics indiscriminately kill off bacteria including friendly microorganisms that prevent diarrhea, constipation and fibromyalgia. Keep in mind that this level of safety can only be obtained by using the whole herb. As soon as it is chemically extracted and dissected in the laboratory, it becomes an unbalanced chemical.
The botanical name for Blessed Thistle is Cnicus benedictus.
It is an interesting story on how it was said to have obtained its blessed name.
It is told that during the reign of the medieval King Charlemagne, his troops became infected with the plague. An angel came to King Charlemagne in his dreams and told him to shoot an arrow in the air and the arrow would land on a plant that would heal his men. The king did as he was told and the arrow fell on a big patch of Cnicus benedictus. The King fed this plant to his soldiers and their lives were saved. Hence the plant was given the name the “Blessed Thistle”.
When breast-feeding mothers are having trouble supplying enough milk for their babies, blessed thistle tea or tincture will stimulate blood flow to the mammary glands increasing milk production. When used as a tea it is prudent to mix it with chamomile, fennel or mint to veil the bitter taste.
Blessed thistle is a magnificent herb for hormone balancing for men and women.
It has been used historically as a tonic for the lungs and heart. It thins mucus, strengthens the heart and oxygenates the brain.
Blessed thistle does appear to have antimicrobial properties, killing bacteria and fungi. In addition, blessed thistle has also established that it works by inhibiting or preventing the growth and spread of tumors or malignant cells by obstructing the development of atypical or cancerous cells, thereby proving to be hopeful in cancer treatment.
I use blessed thistle in two of my herbal tinctures; Hepa-Health
and Wise Woman's Way
. In Hepa-Health it is one of the bitter herbs I use to treat urinary tract infections, gallbladder problems and hepatitis. In Wise Woman's Way it helps to regulate hormones and maintain a healthy uterus and breasts.
Love and Light, Lori Jacobs
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The use of this formula is intended for those who are facing any kind of liver; spleen; kidney; bladder or pancreatic challenge. It is a natural treatment for urinary track infection, stimulates blood flow to these organs while helping to cleanse them of toxins, phlegm and aids in elimination. Hepa-Health also boosts the immune system and puts the body in a defensive posture. Promotes the flow of bile and aids digestion. It can be used in place of antibiotics for a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection.)
*Have you been diagnosed with hepatitis?
*Are you bothered by persistent [UTIs] Urinary Tract Infections?
*Do you have or have you ever had pancreatitis?
*Do you get chronic kidney infections?
*Do you have trouble with digestion?
*Do you have jaundice?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may benefit from adding Hepa-Health to your daily supplements.
Alternative uses of Hepa-Health
Promotes gall bladder health
Aids in digestion
Is good for skin
Helps expel phlegm
Hepa-Health was developed to support liver, kidney, bladder, gall bladder, pancreas and spleen health. It is an excellent replacement for antibiotics as a natural treatment for urinary tract infection. It is one of the finest and safest remedies for bladder infection as well. It contains Gentian regulate bile production, dandelion root and leaf to detoxify the liver and supply potassium. Blessed Thistle increases circulation throughout the adrenal system. Parsley leaf and root support gallbladder health, cleanse the blood, reduce blood pressure and kidney inflammation and clear bladder infections. Oregon grape root is well known for treatment of skin diseases due to toxins in the blood. Safflower petals remove phlegm from the adrenal system as well as the lungs and removes uric acid from the blood. Mustard seed supports the liver lungs and digestion.
Wise Woman's Way
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Wise Woman's Way
Wise Woman's Way is for women who want a safe and ethical form of hormone replacement therapy. There is no animal cruelty involved in the formulation of this tincture. It is made from safe, plant based hormones in their natural form.
* Are you having Heavy Menstruation (Menorrhagia)?
* Do you have Trouble Sleeping, Hot Flashes or Night Sweats?
* Have you been concerned with the health risks involved with animal based HRT (hormone replacement therapy)?
* Do you want an HRT that is cruelty free?
* Are you going through menopause or have you had a hysterectomy?
* Do you become dizzy with hot flashes?
* Do you have excessive cramping during your menstrual cycle?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may benefit from adding Wise Woman's Way to your daily supplements.
Alternative uses of Wise Woman's Way
Reduces nervousness and sleeplessness
Promotes respiratory health
Stimulates digestion and intestinal health
Restores libido and memory
Wise Woman's Way is a hormone balancing formula. Wild yam with a precursor of steroid hormones called diosgenin that allows your body to normalize hormone levels. The phytoestrogens in dong quai and blessed thistle work with the body's natural estrogen regulation. Whole herb black cohosh, damiana, hops and vitex have normalizing effects on estrogen and progesterone levels. Licorice, ginkgo and supports adrenal function. Siberian ginseng and burdock are adaptogens that increase energy and normalize the body’s systems.