Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is a stout, annual plant that grows up to one metre tall and has a branched, stem. It is best known as having a unique shaped flower and leaves that are somewhat prickly to the touch if not careful. Leaves are hairless, are alternate, and have milky-white veins. The upper leaves clasp the stem. It contains milky sap, which has an active ingredient responsible for the plant’s health benefits.

Milk thistles prefer sunny or lightly shaded areas. Does well in most types of soils, especially fertile pastures that have been overgrazed and poorly managed. You can grow milk thistle in gardens with most types of soil, even soil that is very poor. As milk thistle is often considered a weed itself, virtually no weed control is needed. You can harvest the flower heads just as the flowers start to dry.

Treats chronic liver ailments and detoxifies the liver. Anti oxidant and anti cancerous. Reduces risk of heart disease, reduces cholesterol and maintains blood sugar levels.


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