Wear on your person or carry in a pouch to protect yourself from evil, add to a purification bath for the same purpose and it is used in many hex-breaking spells. Also known as holy thistle, and sometimes called Cursed Thistle.
Blessed thistle was commonly used during the Middle Ages to treat the bubonic plague and as a tonic for monks. Today, blessed thistle is prepared as a tea and used for loss of appetite and indigestion; and to treat colds, cough, cancer, fever, bacterial infections, and diarrhea.
Healing Properties: This herb is often prescribed to alleviate painful menstruation and for menstrual headaches. In the form of an emmenagogue (any medication that encourages menstruation), blessed thistle helps to hasten suppressed periods and, hence, this herb ought to be avoided by pregnant women.
Blessed thistle may also be useful when any woman has problems during menopause, for instance, profuse haemorrhage. The bitters present in blessed thistle augment the appetite and also facilitate digestion, at the same time, invigorating the liver as well as the flow of bile.
In addition, blessed thistle is an excellent medication for treating anorexia, wind, indigestion, colic and any other health condition related to the slow functioning of the liver, for instance, tetchiness, headaches and weariness. The astringent action of this herb is beneficial for curing diarrhea.
Also known as Holy Thistle, it is much revered in Religious and Magical practice, & was once believed to cure the plague, it also has Magical uses. Place Blessed Thistle in an open dish on the altar, mixed with Yerba Santa, Angelica (Holy Ghost Root), Cascara Sagrada (Sacred Bark), Basil (Sacred Basil), or other herbs whose names contain the words “holy,” “sacred,” or “blessed.” This brings spiritual aid to the home. Blessed Thistle is also brewed into Tea with Blessed Salt, and the tea is sprinkled around the home for Protection from Evil.