origin : Croatia
Milk Thistle, also known as Silybum marianum, is native to the Mediterranean region and grows wild throughout Europe, North America and Australia. It got the name Milk Thistle because it grows with white veins appearing as though milk were spilled upon them.
According to many legends, this appearance of milk is actually the milk of the Virgin Mary.
The plant once was cultivated, with its young leaves being used as a salad in the spring, or sometimes boiled. The young stalks of the Silybum marianum were peeled, and soaked in water to make them less bitter. The second spring the root is eaten like salsify, and the receptacle is pulpy, tasting and eaten much like artichokes.
MAIN ACTIONS :
- Cold relief
- Heartburn relief
- Arthritis reflief
- Bladder infections aid
- bitter + cool + dry
Warning : no known contraindications (except in people with salicylate sensitivity), may cause nausea & skin rashes
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