Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum, Organic, GMO Free, 25+ Medicinal Seeds
Milk thistle is a member of the genus Silybum Adans, and is in the daisy family. Native of Southern Europe, this plant can be found all over the world, as is abundantly used in North Africa and the Middle East. The name "milk thistle" comes from the more obvious features of the plant, both the milk-like splotches of white covering the leaves of the plant, as well as its milky sap. Traditional medicine has relied on the seeds of milk thistle to treat illnesses of the liver for over 2,000 years, in numerous societies the world over.
HERBAL PROPERTIES AND USES:
Currently, more and more scientific studies are looking into the herbal properties and used of milk thistle. Known for centuries as a "liver tonic", milk thistle is high in a chemical component called silymarin, the active agent in its liver-protective capacities. Milk thistle has also been reported to greatly improve the overall functioning of the liver, and is used for reducing cirrhosis of the liver, chronic liver inflammation, damage done to the liver through the intake of alcohol and other intoxicants, as well as gallbladder disease. It may also be used to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the growth of cancer cells in the breast, cervix and prostate. It has also been known to reduce the toxic effects of a hangover, and is used to help individuals withdrawing from opiates.
Direct sow in early spring or late fall as milk thistle is biennial. Sow every 3” barely covering seed as light is needed for germination. Thin plants after 2 sets of true leaves present to 24-36” in 3' apart rows. Keep moist until established and hand weed with gloves until it fills in quickly.