Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle

 

 

Blessed Thistle or Cnicus Benedictus is a small annual plant that grows to around two feet tall. The leaves are hairy with spiny edges and it has yellow flowers which bloom from May to August.

It is believed to be called “blessed” thistle because it was used in medieval times to cure the plague. When King Charlemagne’s soldiers were sick with the plague he had a dream in which an angel told him to shoot his arrow and it would land on a plant that would cure them. Blessed Thistle is still used today to assist with various health issues. Its main use is for helping with poor appetite or indigestion as it is believed to stimulate the secretion of gastric juices and saliva. It is also understood to improve circulation and thus to help with headaches and increasing concentration and memory and also with menstrual cramps. It is an expectorant and used to help with coughs, colds and also fever. It is also believed to help with lactation. Blessed Thistle can be taken in teas or in tinctures. It was also used externally to help clean and heal wounds or ulcers and treat shingles and chilblains, having bacterial and antibiotic properties. As with any herb it’s advisable to take appropriate professional advice before using for any health conditions.

Blessed Thistle is associated with Yule and used to invoke and welcome the new sun. It has masculine properties and is connected with the element of fire, the planet of Mars and the astrological sign of Aries. In magickal and spell work it can be used for both protection and exorcism. It can be used in spells to counter hexes and can also be put in a pouch and then carried on your person to protect from evil. Blessed Thistle can be grown outside your house to protect you and your family and to encourage love, peace and harmony. You could also place some in bowls in inside rooms. The fire element of this herb is believed to help with male potency and being better lovers. It is believed to increase energy and joy and bestow financial and spiritual blessings.

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