Centaurea bendicta – c/s
Blessed thistle is a member of the daisy family native to the Mediterranean. Because the plant had a reputation in Medieval Europe as a cure for the plague and “other diseases of melancholy,” it also became known as holy thistle and St. Benedict’s thistle. Today, blessed thistle is prepared as a tea and used for loss of appetite and indigestion. It is also used as a diuretic and for promoting the flow of breast milk in new mothers.