The fruit of this herb is also known as St Mary's milk and is commonly used for its protective effects on the liver. Legend has it Mary's milk was spilled when breastfeeding baby Jesus and St Mary's milk thistle grew where the milk had spilt with its milk stained leaves.
Milk thistle is one of the largest types of thistles growing up to 1.5m tall. It is an annual plant which is mostly odourless with a nasty bitter taste. Milk thistle is native to Asia and Africa and today is found growing all over the world. In Australia it is classed as a noxious weed but is also cultivated commercially as a medicine in some parts. The white hairs are removed and the fruits and roots can be used for medicinal purposes.
The active constituents found in milk thistle are used as a mild laxative and its liver protective properties, they include;
Milk thistle is used in supportive treatments for inflammatory inflammatory liver conditions and liver cirrhosis. It can also be taken as a mild laxative and for gallbladder problems. Milk thistle is most frequently used to protect the liver and in some cases to help treat varicose veins. Milk thistle is most commonly taken as a tea, tincture or as herbal capsules.
(Not intended as medical advice)
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Chamomile is probably one of the most well known healing herbs used in traditional medicine. The word Matricaria derives from the Latin word womb and chamomile was originally used to treat gynaecological issues. The two types of chamomile used are Roman camomile and German or wild chamomile.
Chamomile is an annual plant and can grow up to around 80cm tall. It has bright green hairy leaves with a mix of small white and yellow flowers. Chamomile originally grew in South Eastern Europe and today is found all over the world where it is often referred to as 'the plant doctor.'