Like the artichoke, her close relative, the milk thistle, is a very effective liver supplement. The name Milk Thistle was given to the plant because of its milky white stripes on the leaves. Legend has it that these are from the milk of Mary, who was dripping on the leaves of the plant while breastfeeding the baby Jesus.
The home of the beautiful thistle is Southern Europe, Southern Russia, Asia Minor and North Africa. Also in German gardens it grows on not too lean and moderately damp soils and on sunny locations. Their roots can grow up to a meter long, which makes their fight difficult.
The thistle is often seen as a nuisance weed, but it does not do it justice: It is a valuable herb. Especially the milk thistle, Benediktendistel and goose thistle have many positive effects on the human body.
Milk thistle and goose thistle for different purposes
In the past, the roots were cooked as vegetables. The flower heads were used as a substitute for artichokes, the young leaves were eaten like spinach.
The fruits of the milk thistle are used today exclusively medically. Because they contain the active complex silymarin. He belongs to the group of flavonoids – so the secondary plant compounds, which are among the most potent remedies of nature.
Both milk thistle and Benedictine thistle have a stimulating effect on the liver, bile and digestion, can reduce fever and calm the stomach.
The milk thistle has an additional influence on the central nervous system and relieves circulatory disorders; it can also help with exhaustion. Both plants are easy to pull in the garden.
The goose thistle has a toning effect, against fever, shortness of breath, heartburn and liver problems; It can be taken to stimulate a missed menstruation and fights warts, rashes and skin irritation.
Milk thistle can be lifesaving
Milk thistle is considered the most effective natural liver remedy. It is even superior to synthetic agents and is used in intensive care for poisoning with tuberous mushroom, which destroys the liver, high-dose for life-saving.
- Antitoxic by shielding the liver cells from cell toxins
- regenerates the liver cells
- antioxidant (= radical scavenger)
- bile promoting
- slightly laxative
Because of its high effectiveness, the Federal Health Office has recognized the milk thistle in numerous toxic liver damage and chronic liver inflammation and cirrhosis as an official medicinal plant for internal use.
This is where the milk thistle comes in:
- Hepatitis – acute by fungal, alcohol and drug poisoning – chronic by environmental toxins, long-term use of drugs, alcohol abuse and viruses
- Liver weakness after acute serious illnesses such. As a severe flu, burns and operations
- Liver weakness in chronic diseases such. B. Rheumatism
- general detoxification and liver strengthening
- fatty liver
Important: Acute poisoning can only be treated in hospital!
While you need to take high-dose ready-to-use preparations in capsule form for these serious illnesses, you can also use self-made tea for general detoxification.
In addition to taking supplements, you should eat a low-fat diet and abstain from alcohol to relieve your liver.
Goose thistle can be used internally and externally: internally, the latex produced by the plant, but only in diluted form, can be taken. The preparation of a tea from leaves and stems is possible.
Undiluted, the milk juice can make warts disappear, diluted as an envelope applied to inflamed skin.
Even the leaves of the goose thistle are usable: As a salad or steamed vegetable dish.
If you overstress your liver with too much alcohol, you should occasionally give her a treatment with milk thistle – either with a finished product or a tea cure.
There are milk thistle as tablets, dragees or as drops in health food store and pharmacy. You can also make a milk thistle tea from the seeds: brew a heaped teaspoon of seed with 1/4 liter of water, boil it briefly and let it fifteen minutes, then refrain from the tea. The tea is swallowed three times a day before meals swallowed and very warm.
Also try the following preparation for motion sickness: Make a brew of one liter of water, a thistle leaf, a pinch of Marienkörner and a piece of the root. Pour the plant parts with boiling water, let it draw fifteen minutes, sieve off and drink the tea on the eve and morning of the journey sweetened with honey.