Re: Growing for the Health Supplement Market
- I do not know the common names, "Canadian" or "California" thistle,
and cannot seem to find the botanical name given in a previous post-
Probably looked straight at it. Wanna hide something from me? Put it
under my nose! But you have touched on a area of endearment of mine,
you poor fellow!
Most of the thistles, which are of the artichoke tribe, are medicinal
and edible. Milk thistle (sylibium) is used as a specific for liver
toxicity, both eradication and prevention. The active constituent,
that I know of, responsible for this is sylimarin. All the thistles,
to my knowledge, are bitters, stimulate liver function, and act as
cleansing agents for the liver; one reason they are used as potherbs.
Mild steaming with many wilts those spines, making them whimpy little
things that couldn't hurt a thing. Some others need a good soaking and
cooking to put them in their place. May also be eaten fresh by peeling
the stalk, raw, and crunching away. There is a technique to this, to
avoid the more uncomfortable aspects. Think: Broccoli Stem with a Bad
Attitude. However, I don't eat the stalks too late in the season, the
dang things around here just get a bit to woody for my taste. Aw, but
those lovely purple-to-red flowers get popped in my (rather large)
mouth almost as often as red clover! Sweet, wonderful flavor! The
honey from thistle and fruit trees is exquisite, in my never humble
Also, the roots and leaves (don't know about the flowers, have heard
conflicting data there) have mild mineral electrolytic constiuents.
Is helpful for those who lift weights, do extreme sports, or are
otherwise prone to intense activity for long periods: also those who
may be having a problem with mild dehydration due to diarrhrea,
vomiting, or any other thing that reduces body fluids.
suspect extracellular fluids, especially. Am only conjecting that
BTW, Knapweed, that bane of Montana, is of the same tribe, has many of
the same properties. As does Cornflower and burdock One does need to
remember, I think, that many times a plant taken from where it grows
well and planted in another area, may do much more than just "well".
Note, and remember, the ways Mom Earth keeps her life charges under
control, so we don't have another Spotted Knapweed or Kudzu.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing! deb
In email@example.com, Robert Monie <bobm20001@y...> wrote:
>.chemist take a long, hard look at those thistles lately? It's worth a
> You know where I am leading, guys. Have you had an antioxidant
try. Anthing that tough must have some strong medicine inside to keep
> Bob Monie, zone 8
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