Pasture Herbs – Milk Thistle

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Hi team,

Happy Spring! Although it’s still raining things are looking brighter and greener..the mud is slowly drying out

If you are still following the grass blogs here is one more for you = Puha or Milk Thistle (NOT to be confused with St Mary’s Thistle)

A lot of people consider this a weed, but it is actually a herb with good properties, and horses love it.

The milk thistle has a hollow stem and contains a milky sap and has composite yellow flowers which are blooming now from spring to late summer.

Was does it contain:

Milk Thistle or Puha is a nutritionally rich food, including; Vitamins A, B1, B2, Niacin, high levels of C, plus Minerals; calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, copper and zinc. It also provides protein, some essential fatty acids, carotenoids, fibre and oxalic acid.

It has Therapeutic Actions as a Nutritive tonic, ‘blood purifier’ and astringent. It has a similar action to that of Dandelion and is an excellent herb to be used in cases of liver damage.

A lot of you will know that it has Culinary Uses also. Pork & Puha, a famous dish! Apparently Captain Cook used this vegetable, boiled up to cure scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) affecting his crew.

Also used as a general tonic for the ailing, for digestive disorders, also, for those afflicted with boils or infected wounds.

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