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Milk Thistle Seed 1 Oz. (Silybum marianum)

Milk Thistle Seed 1 Oz. (Silybum marianum)

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One ounce, whole milk thistle seeds. 100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher.

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum), also known as, Marian thistle or Mary Thistle, from legends that credit the Virgin Mary with blessing the plant Historically, it was used for a variety of ailments, with ancient Greeks and Romans valuing it for liver and gallbladder health.

Medicinally, milk thistle's fame continues today. The active ingredient, silymarin, is thought to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Modern research focuses on silymarin's potential to protect the liver from damage caused by toxins and even certain medications.

Culinary uses for milk thistle are less common but do exist. The young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, like other leafy greens. The seeds are the more interesting part from a culinary perspective. They can be ground into a flour or used as a coffee substitute. However, the flavor can be quite bitter, so it's often blended with stronger-flavored ingredients.

Milk thistle’s association with the Virgin Mary lends it a connection to purity and maternal protection. In some practices, it's seen as a charm to increase breast milk production or a talisman for overall well-being.

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