A thistle-like herb native to the Mediterranean region. The herb is often used in bitter, tonic drinks. The roots of the blessed thistle were used by Algerian locals to soothe burns and wounds and made into a powder to mix with wine or made into fresh juice or tea.
Directions: To prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Botanical name: Cnicus benedictus L.