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Marvelous Milk Thistle

Marvelous Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a beautiful flowering plant that is in a family classification known as Asteraceae. Other plants in this family include dandelion, chamomile and yarrow. Historically there are many known and rumored uses for this plant. For instance, the Greeks used it for snakebites, and it is thought that the Romans presumably used it for infants with jaundice while the Europeans were known to use it for depression and emotional distress.
Today, milk thistle is used primarily for cleaning toxins from the liver and for liver problems including cirrhosis, liver disease and viral hepatitis. Because of milk thistle’s capability to detoxify the liver so well and regenerate liver cells, it is currently the only treatment for “death cap” mushroom poisoning. It also reduces inflammation and helps strengthen the walls of the liver. Because of its high antioxidant content, it is thought to inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Another benefit from the detoxification and antioxidant properties is the ability to clear the skin from the inside out by cleaning toxins out of your body. Milk thistle used topically also may prevent acne, wrinkles and dry skin. And take the results from this trial into account: “… all patients in the 2 treatment groups showed complete clearing of melasma within 4 weeks. Lesions were significantly reduced as early as 1 week of twice daily use of the milk thistle cream.”1
Milk thistle originated in Southern Europe and now flourishes throughout the world. Harvesting of milk thistle is a bit tedious but not that hard to do. If you wish to use the flower heads and leaves, you cut them when they are young. However, if you wish to harvest the seeds, you wait for the seed heads to turn brown and cut them and put them in a brown paper bag in a cool, dry area for 48 hours. Once they have “cured”, you carefully remove the seeds from the seed head, remove any debris that is left and store them however you wish until use.
Many health and wellness companies are taking advantage of the benefits of milk thistle seed and sharing them with their customers in various forms, including creams and essential oils. One such company guarantees the purity of their oils, Au Natural Organics, and has a wonderful milk thistle seed product that is available on their website (https://aunaturalorganics.com/shop/milk-thistle-seed-oil-100ml/). So, try out some milk thistle* soon and see if your liver doesn’t thank you and perhaps you will even begin to notice clearer skin.
*This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your primary care physician before using of this product.

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