Milk Thistle

Also known as Mary Thistle, Milk Thistle is native to the Mediterranean. It is mostly known for its liver-protecting qualities. It can be eaten as a vegetable for weight loss due to its high fiber content. Although safe for humans to eat, it is toxic to livestock, and might affect small pets.

As a garden plant, it can be aggressively invasive (as most medicinal plats are). Plant in pots and keep on concrete to avoid a Milk Thistle garden takeover! Check with your state laws to see if Milk Thistle is safe and legal to grow in your area.

Milk thistle contains Silymarin, a chemical known to improve liver health, crowning this plant with the ‘Liver Tonic’ title.

Parts Used: Seeds, Laves, Flower Heads

Main Constituents: Flavolignans, Silymarin, Bitters, Polyacetylenes

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Bitter tonic, cholagogue, antiviral, choleretic, antidepressant, antioxidant, galactagogue, liver protector

Dosage: For tinctures, take full dropper 3 times daily for liver and gall bladder problems or to stimulate digestion; For Infusions/teas, Drink 1-2 Cups Daily to stimulate milk production while breastfeeding (unless your doctor advises against it), or to help stimulate sluggish digestion.

Magickal Properties: Meditation, Healing, Purification, Cleansing, Happiness, Protection, Vitality, Used to Fight Negative Energies, Blessings, Calling Spirits, Dispel Evil Influences.

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

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Folk Tales & Mythology

Milk Thistle, also known as Saint Mary’s Thistle or Our Lady’s thistle. ┬áThis herb is a plant of legend. Stories from long ago suggest that the leaves of the milk thistle plant came to have white veins running through them when the milk from the breast of Mary, The Virgin Mother splashed onto the plant. To some, these white veins symbolize breast milk, and it’s believed that when a breastfeeding mother uses this herb, it will lead to an increase in her breast milk supply.

Rituals

Milk Thistle can be burned with sage for purification and cleansing your home, yourself, and any items.

Burning milk thistle also helps improve concentration while meditation.

Rid yourself of bad thoughts with Milk Thistle: Write down all the words you can think of that trigger you negatively on a piece of paper. Take and place a small pinch of milk thistle seeds on the paper. Fold the paper in half and write: I no longer attract these hurtful feelings into my life. Fold the paper in half one last time and write: I see only love, I attract only love, I am only love.

Whenever the bad or negative thought arise again, look at the messages you wrote to yourself and meditate on it. This is a form of visual manifestation to help you bring about positive thoughts in a time of self hate or low self esteem.

Dandelion

Known to many as a pesky unwanted weed, the Dandelion actually has so many benefits, you’ll wish your yard was full of them! Nature has an amazing way of providing for us. This little plant is so vigorous, it can often be found in the crack of concrete, near busy roads… it’ll get stepped on and still, it will thrive and seem almost un-killable. Rather than an unwanted weed, it really should be seen as a superfood! In fact, many fine dining restaurants will include dandelion leaves in their salads. You may have already eaten some without realizing it!

Parts Used:  Leaf, Flower; Root

Main Constituents: Sesquiterpene lactones, Vitamins A, B, C, D; choline, minerals including potassium.

Leaf/Flowers: Coumarins , carotenoids, Potassium

Root: taraxocoside, phenolic acids, iron

Actions/Medicinal Properties: Root: Alterative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, aperient, bitter, cholagogue, hepatic, hypoglycemic, prebiotic. Leaf: Astringent, bitter, diuretic, nutritive

Dosage: For a decoction, put 3tps of Dandelion Root into 1 Cup of water and boil, simmer for 15 minutes; Drink 1 Cup 3 times daily for any condition where liver stimulation and detoxification may help, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatism, acne, and psoriasis. * For infusion, make a tea with 2tsps dry leaves over 1 cup boiling water. Drink 1 cup 3 times per day to encourage urination in conditions such as cystitis, fluid retention, or high blood pressure. * For Tinctures, take 1 tsp. of combined root and leaf tincture 3 times daily to stimulate bile flow, act as a very mild laxative, or help dissolve small gallstones.

Magickal Properties: Divination, Wishes, Calling spirits, Sending Messages, Enhancing psychic energies, Dandelions are associated with Aphrodite because of her connection with bees

Planet: Jupiter

Element:  Air

Dandelion Through History

Dandelion has been used for thousands of years, by ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The root and leaves were used as a tonic to remove toxins from the bloodstream, acting as a gentle diuretic to improve the function of the digestive system. Ancient physicians realized dandelion helped with a host of health issues including kidney, stomach, and liver disorders, skin irritations gall bladder problems, heartburn, fevers, toothaches, constipation, anemia, arthritis, diabetes, and even helps with dandruff!

Botanists say that some species of dandelion are native to North America, but historians believe early European settlers introduced it to natives. However it got here, it spread quickly and was known early on as one of the most powerful plant medicines.

Dandelion Meditation Ritual

Here’s a little something you can try at home! Many children make wishes as they blow seeds off of a dandelion head. This has been associated with dandelions for centuries, making wishes and hoping for positive things to come your way.

This is a tea meditation. I always say, you must make teas with intention. Set time aside and really focus on your tea and charge it with your love, intention, and gratitude. A cup of tea must never be rushed. It must be enjoyed, bringing all of your attention to it. It must slowly be charged with your energy.

For this ritual, we will need dried dandelion root, leaves and flowers. Bring water to a boil on the stove and then lower it to a simmer for 15 minutes. Standing over the simmering tea, breathe in the steam and visualize something positive you need in your life. Not anything material, rather think of courage, strength, becoming more vocal, love, prosperity. Take the time to think about what you could do to achieve those passions and feelings and make a mental note of it as you breathe in the aroma of the tea. Keep these intentions in your mind as you pour yourself a cup of tea; imagine that the tea has the power to make your wish a reality. Enjoy and sip your tea.