What is Milk Thistle, How to Use?

Silybum marianum – Milk Thistle is a flowering plant similar to the sunflower family. Although it is unique to the Mediterranean countries, it can be said that it is possible to see in Scotland and Southern European countries.

It is also common for regions near the coast of Southeast England, such as North America, Iran, Australia, and New Zealand to be considered an invasive weed.

What is thistle used for?

Thistle is used as a natural treatment for liver problems. Among the problems in this regard are cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis and gall bladder.
Also, the silymarin substance found in thistle seeds has been for about years with toxins and fungal poisonings, snake bites, insect bites.

this medicinal plant has the feature of slowing aging and protecting against cancer. Seeds of milk thistle can be roasted or used to make tea, the leaves can be consumed raw or cooked.

Although it is not easy to find the fresh leaves today, we can quickly get its seeds.

How to consume milk thistle tea?

Thistle tea energizes, accelerates metabolism and strengthens memory. Brewing and drinking this tea is so easy just like brewing a coffee.
It can be consumed 2-3 times per day.

  1. Throw the thistle seeds into a coffee grinder. 2 tablespoons are ideal for 600-700ml water.
  2. Pull it until it becomes powder.
  3. Transfer to a coffee filter. Brew it.
  4. You will get a light yellow tea.

Where to buy?

You can get it from a spice stores you trust or quickly order online from Amazon.

How does the thistle taste?

It is not easy to eat without processing, as the thistle seeds are hard and tasteless.

First, grind it just like grinding flaxseeds, then brew as a tea or mix into smoothie, shake, add a spoonful of sauces, salads and soups.

The taste of tea is not very tasty, like many herbs. We compared the taste to wormwood tea very much. Although it does not leave a burning taste like wormwood, it is very reminiscent of both smell and aroma.