•  
Support crystalwind.ca with your donation and help spread spirituality and positivity. Blessings!

This article was posted by CrystalWind.ca

A+ A A-

Thistle

Thistle

Common Thistle

Gender: Masculine
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Powers: Strength. Protection. Healing. Exorcism. Hex-Breaking.

Thistle Magic

Stuff hex-breaking poppets with thistles.

Thistles grown in the garden ward off thieves.

Wear or carry thistles to drive out melancholy.

Carry a thistle (or part of a thistle) for energy and strength

Thrown into a fire, thistles deflect lightning away from the house.

Medicine Wheel Association: Freeze Up Moon October 24 - November 21

Botanical Name:Cirsium vulgare
Common Names: Bull Thistle, Common Thistle, Cotton Thistle, Woolly Thistle
Family: Asteraceae, Aster or Composite
Genus: Cirsium
Plant Type: Biennial
Parts Used: Root, leaves, flowery tops, seeds.
Flowering: July – September

Features:

Bull thistle is a widespread biennial thistle originally from Europe and Asia, but now introduced throughout North America. Although it is intimidating in appearance and can sometimes form large infestations, this thistle is not as challenging to control as many others and is mainly a problem in hay fields and pastures. Bull thistle is also commonly found along trails, roads and vacant fields.

Description: The Bull thistle is an erect biennial plant reaching a height of 3.3 ft to 4.95 ft (1 m to 1.5 m). The central stem is solid and prickly. The leaves are alternate, pinnately cut; the larger ones with the lobes again toothed or lobed, with rough, bristly hairs above, thinly white-woolly-hairy to sometimes green and merely stiff-hairy beneath. The leaf bases are extended down the stem. The leaves end in long, pointy beige-colored thorns. Several showy purple 4-5 cm wide flowerheads appear on branches. The abundant seeds are equipped with long plumes and are attached to the base by a ring until they reach maturity. The roots are slender and deep.

thistle_seed
thistle_leaves

Culinary Uses: Common thistle often served as survival food, for its leaves can be eaten once the thorns have been removed. Common thistle is used to prepare a nutritious bittersweet soup. The root of bull thistle is edible cooked; a rather bland flavor, the root is best used mixed with other vegetables. It can be dried and stored for later use. The root is rich in inulin, a starch that cannot be digested by humans. This starch thus passes straight through the digestive system and, in some people, ferments to produce gases. Young flower stems can be cooked and used as a vegetable. Young leaves can be soaked overnight in salt water and then cooked and eaten. Another report says that they can be used in salads. The taste is rather bland but the prickles need to be removed from the leaves before the leaves can be eaten. The flower buds can be cooked and used like globe artichokes, but they are smaller. The dried flowers have been a rennet substitute for curdling plant milks. The seeds have occasionally been eaten roasted.

Constituents:

Leaves: sugars, chlorophyll, bioflavonoids, minerals (iron, silica, potassium), bitter principles, mucilages, tannins.

Seeds: acids, polyunsaturated oil.

Root: inulin, bitter principles.

thistle

Herbal Healing with Thistle

Medicinal Actions: Diuretic, antiviral, analgesic, antirheumatic

Medicinal Uses: Finely shredded and used in a poultice, common thistle cures suppurating wounds. When boiled whole (1 leaf in 1 cup [250 ml] water), the leaves act as a diuretic and gently drain the liver and soothe fevers caused by an overtaxed liver. The roots lower blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The roots of bull thistle have been used as a poultice and a decoction of the plant used as a poultice on sore jaws. A hot infusion of the whole plant has been used as an herbal steam for treating rheumatic joints. Bleeding piles have been treated by a decoction of the whole plant, used both internally and externally.

Popular medieval beliefs praised the common thistle decoction as a miracle lotion against baldness. The woolly plumes of the thistle have long served as a dressing for wounds as well as stuffing for pillows.

Body Care with Thistle

Taken in an herbal tea - 1 tsp in 1 cup (250 ml) water - 3 times a day for 10 days before meals constitutes a seasonal cleansing.

Antiviral Decoction

1 common thistle flower head picked at the start of flowering

3 cups (750 ml) pure water

Boil the flower head for 3 minutes. Infuse for 15 minutes.

Drink during the day before meals. Effect a cure for 10 to 30 consecutive days in the case of a viral infection to nourish and stimulate the immune system.

Other Uses: The down makes excellent tinder that is easily lit by a spark from a flint. The cold-pressed oil of the seeds was used for cooking and as lamp oil for many years.

Native American Thistle Medicine

Cheroke

Analgesic: infusion of leaves taken for neuralgia.

Gastrointestinal Aid: Warm infusion of roots taken to help a person who overeats.

Poultice: Roots used as poultice and decoction of bruised plant used to poultice sore jaw.

Delaware

Antirheumatic (external): Hot infusion of roots or twigs used as a steam treatment for muscular swellings and stiff joints.

Delaware, Oklahoma

Antirheumatic (external): infusion of whole plant used as herbal steam for rheumatism.

Herbal steam: infusion of roots or twigs used as herbal steam for rheumatism

Iroquois

Cancer treatment: Plant used for cancer.

Hemorrhoid remedy: Plant used for bleeding piles. Decoction of whole plant taken and poultice of plant and wool applied to hemorrhoids.

Hemostat: Plant used for bleeding piles.

Meskwaki

Adjuvant: Root used as a seasoner for medicines.

Navajo

Emetic: Decoction of plant taken to induce vomiting.

Ojibwa

Analgesic and gastrointestinal aid: Root used by men and women for stomach cramps.

Potawatomi

Adjuvant: Fresh flower centres chewed to mask unpleasant flavors in medicines.

© 2009-2023 crystalwind.ca. All rights reserved.

Pin It

© CrystalWind.ca 2024. All content (articles, imagery, fair use) & design protected. Written permission required for copying. All rights reserved.

Join the Conversation Now! Comment Below! arrow down small 11

CrystalWind.ca is free to use because of donations from people like you. Please help support us! 
Blessings!

Follow this blog

crystal-wind-oracle-mobile-app
Cut Through The Illusions!
Available On
Apple  | Android | Amazon
NEW Expanded Version - 53 cards!

Spirit Animal Totem Of The Day!

CrystalWind.ca is free to use because of
donations from people like you.
Donate Now »

CrystalWind.ca Donation!

Unlock Your Light: Join Lightworkers Worldwide on CrystalWind.ca!

 

Follow Us!

 

Who is Online Now

We have 26934 guests and no members online

Featured This Month

Page:

Citrine

Citrine

The Clearing Stone Citrine’s wide range of colours enables it to help balan... Read more

Gemini Mythology

Gemini Mythology

The Story Behind the Gemini Zodiac Sign Read more

Litha

Litha

Litha Ritual Celebrated on the Summer Solstice, around June 21st each year. ... Read more

Rutilated Quartz

Rutilated Quartz

The Energy Buster Stone Rutilated Quartz is an illuminator for the soul, pr... Read more

Dowsing With Your Pendulum

Dowsing With Your Pendulum

Einstein's famous equation, E = MC2, equates energy and matter. All living... Read more

Litha - The Midsummer Solstice

Litha - The Midsummer Solstice

The Litha festival is one of the lesser Sabbats of the Witches annual calend... Read more

Cornplanting Moon

Cornplanting Moon

Deer – Moss Agate – Yarrow – Green and White Read more

Summer Solstice: The Sacred Marriage of Heav…

Summer Solstice: The Sacred Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, and stands opposite the Wint... Read more

Birth Totem - Deer

Birth Totem - Deer

Birth dates: May 21 - June 20 Birth Totem is: Deer Read more

Celestite

Celestite

The Divine Listener Stone Celestite has remarkable relaxing and uplifting a... Read more

Yarrow

Yarrow

Helps you create the future of your dreams Read more

The Meaning Of The Letter X On The Palms Of …

The Meaning Of The Letter X On The Palms Of Your Hands!

Its not Palmistry or any superstitious method coming from India. This is a v... Read more

Sun in Gemini

Sun in Gemini

Sun in Gemini May 21 through June 20 An Overview of Sun Sign Characteristic... Read more

Litha Sabbat - The Summer Solstice

Litha Sabbat - The Summer Solstice

Gardens are blooming, and summer is in full swing. Fire up the barbeque, turn ... Read more

© 2008-2024 CrystalWind.ca. All rights reserved. Site Creation by CrystalWind.ca.
Web Hosting by Knownhost.com

 

 

X

Right Click

No right click