This 10-foot-tall member of the daisy family has deep green glossy leaves with milk-white veins and prickly tips. It blooms from long stems with cone-shaped flowers that are purple red.
Milk Thistle is valuable for liver strengthening and renewal which can, in turn, boost resistance to disease and help you recover from illnesses more quickly. The entire herb is used.
Many everyday problems can be linked to liver deficiency, including recurring headaches, skin problems, depression, poor circulation, chronic fatigue, indigestion, irritability and mood swings. This herb contains silymarin, a unique combination that protects liver cells from damage by free radicals and toxins. It is also a gentle, wholesome drink to boost strength during an illness. Milk thistle also helps suppress the release of histamines in our bodies which are linked to allergic reactions and headaches.
**Valuable as this herb is, it is not for pregnant women or diabetics or those who are estrogen sensitive. Also do not take milk thistle if you are allergic to ragweed, marigolds, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or chrysanthemums.