Milk thistle Benefits & Information

Caution needed if allergic to plants of the Compositae family.

Uses

Milk thistle (St Mary’s thistle) is a very specific herb: the seed extract protects the liver from the harmful effects of many toxic substances and also helps the liver to regenerate if it has been damaged by disease. Milk thistle tincture is appropriate for a liver that needs support, but I recommend that you consult a herbalist before using this herb to make sure that you use it in the right capacity. The only situation in which I would advocate home use is after drinking a lot of alcohol – it will help you to recover from an occasional hangover (but it is not an excuse to drink more!).

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How to take

Either as tincture or as powder.

Dosage

Adults: 1.3-2.6ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:1; or 1.3-2.6g, 1-3 times a day of herb powder.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see

Raspberry leaf Benefits & Information

Warning: Not recommended in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Uses

Raspberry leaf is a gentle astringent for the digestive system and provides a very pleasant tea to deal with diarrhoea of various origins. Generally, it is not astringent enough to deal with diarrhoea caused by food poisoning, but is effective enough for a stomach bug (viral infection of the digestive tract), mild traveller’s diarrhoea, children’s diarrhoea, diarrhoea caused by antibiotics (in which case it is a good idea to take a probiotics supplement as well), some forms of IBS and even some cases of inflammatory bowel disease.

Combinations

It is best to mix raspberry leaf with meadowsweet and chamomile in equal quantities for the above purposes. You can use fresh or dry leaves, and, although wild raspberry leaves are preferable, any garden variety can be used as well.

How to take

As a tea, either by itself or in a combination with meadowsweet and chamomile.

Dosage

Adults: 1 cup of an infusion, 1-3 times a day.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

Milk thistle Benefits & Information

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