If you’re not finding ways to incorporate blessed thistle tea into your diet, you’re really missing out. The name, “blessed thistle” in Latin roughly translates to “gift from God”. It was given that name because in ancient times it was considered a medicinal cure-all, even being credited with the power to cure the bubonic plague, (the freaking plague, y’all!) Now, we’re assuming (hoping) that you’re not in need of a cure for the “Black Death,” but there are plenty of other amazing things it can do for your health.
Blessed Thistle Tea May Help Support:
- Appetite Loss
- Cold, Cough & Fever
- Bacterial Infections
- Low Milk Supply
- Hormonal PMS Symptoms
So yeah, blessed thistle tea is pretty awesome… but will you like the taste of it? Depends, some people love it, some people think it tastes like dirt, and others think it doesn’t really have much of a taste at all. So, here are five ways to incorporate it into your everyday recipes so you get all the benefit, without worrying about the taste.
5 Ways to Use Blessed Thistle
Green Tea – If you’re not a fan of the taste of blessed thistle tea, try blending it with another variety you do like. Mountain Rose Herbs has many varieties of tea, including green tea, to satisfy your craving. Green tea is a great choice to improve taste (plus green tea itself is loaded with antioxidants and other healthy nutrients). Chamomile and black tea work well too. For sweetness, add a tablespoon of honey.
Smoothie – Everything tastes better in a smoothie! Try this recipe for an amazing Banana Oat Smoothie that will give you your daily thistle, plus protein!
Blessed Oat Smoothie
- ½ cup steel cut oats (soaked)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon ground blessed thistle
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 cup ice
Blessed Thistle Cocktail – Blessed thistle not only comes in tea form, it can be bought as an herbal bitter that is perfect for adding to your next cocktail. Hey, look at that, an alcoholic beverage that’s actually good for your liver! Good liquor palettes to mix with include bourbon and scotch.
Lactation Cookies – Oh darn, you need to eat these cookies. These aren’t just any healthy cookies, these are amazing, crunchy, craving-some-more, legit cookies. Eat them to boost your milk supply while breastfeeding (or just because they taste good). Just replace the flaxseed with blessed thistle and you’re ready to go!
Sautéed – Everything tastes better when cooked with a little olive oil and garlic. Blessed thistle leaves are no different. Add some onion, carrots and whatever vegetables you have on hand to the mix, and you’ll really be cooking. Serve with chicken, beef or tofu and not only have you gotten your dose of thistle, but you’ve made your family eat it too (and they liked it).
See, blessed thistle tea doesn’t seem so scary anymore, does it? What kinds of recipes have you tried with it? Let us know in the comments below!
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