milk thistle (Silybum Marianum)

See also Thistles

  • Milk thistle is sometimes known as "blessed milk thistle".
  • There is also another plant Cnicus benedictus that is sometimes known as "blessed thistle". This is a different species. There is some confusion between these different plants.
  • Milk thistle has a reputation for protecting the liver.
  • In the UK, it is available in the form of milk thistle seeds.
  • You can add a few milk thistle seeds in with your hemp seeds that you are soaking to make hemp seed milk.


  • Milk Thistle is unique in its ability to protect the liver and has no equivalent in the pharmaceutical drug world. In fact, in cases of poisoning with Amanita mushrooms, which destroy the liver, milk thistle is the only treatment option.