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Blessed thistle seeds, also known as Cnicus benedictus, are small and brown seeds derived from the flowering plant blessed thistle. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its potential health benefits.

Blessed thistle seeds contain various nutrients such as protein, iron, and calcium, and are a good source of fiber. They can be consumed in a variety of ways, including being ground into a powder and used as a seasoning or supplement, or steeped in hot water to create a tea.

In traditional medicine, blessed thistle seeds are believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They have been used to treat a variety of conditions, including digestive issues, fever, and infections.

Some studies have suggested that blessed thistle may have potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. However, more research is needed to fully understand the effects of blessed thistle seeds on the body.

As with any natural remedy, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional before using blessed thistle seeds to treat any specific medical condition. Additionally, blessed thistle can interact with certain medications and should be used with caution.

Herb Specifications

  • Season: Annual
  • USDA Zones: 5 - 9
  • Height: 20 - 24 inches
  • Bloom Season: Mid summer to early fall
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Environment: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well drained, dry, rocky, poor soils
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Latin Name: Cnicus Benedictus

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days: if no germ move to 39F for 4wks, recycle
  • Light Required: No - should be planted in darkness
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 12 - 15 inches

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The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have and before beginning any herbal regimen.