Blessed Thistle herb contains Cnicin, a crystalline neutral body that is extremely bitter, but soluble in alcohol and slightly in water. The bitterness of the compound stimulates the digestive system, including the production of saliva and gastric juices, which is what leads to improved appetite and digestion. Blessed Thistle also shows evidence of some anti-inflammatory properties.
Ancient use of Blessed Thistle herb seemed to focus on the benefits to the liver; however, from ancient to modern times, the most beneficial use of Blessed Thistle is the use of the leaves in a warm infusion to promote breast milk in nursing mothers.
Blessed Thistle herb is effective in exorcism, hex-breaking, and in purification spells. Grown outside the home, this blessed herb is said to attract peace, love, and harmony.