The milk thistle—also known as Our Lady’s thistle or the Holy thistle—was grown back in medieval times in monastery gardens for healing purposes. Today, it is increasingly coming into the focus of orthodox medicine and homeopathy. This oil, pressed from the seeds of the milk thistle, is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and is an exceptionally valuable oil in terms of health.
The plant, with its round, purple flowers, is said to protect and strengthen the liver and have a regenerative, anti-inflammatory, anti-toxic effect. It has a content of 0.6 to 5.6 % silymarin, a sought-after flavonoid complex known for its positive effect on the liver. It can, for example, protect the liver against damage from toxic substances such as alcohol, medicines or poisonous mushrooms. Various studies have also described milk thistle as having a positive effect on chronic inflammatory liver conditions such as hepatitis C. Containing 46 mg per 100 ml, the oil is also rich in Vitamin E, which helps protect cells against oxidative stress—some 2.5 tbsp. of Milk Thistle Oil alone already meets our daily requirements of the vitamin.
Our BIO PLANÈTE Milk Thistle Oil has a pleasantly mild and slightly nutty taste, adding an interesting touch to salads, dressings and dips and refining not just hot vegetables but also yogurt and smoothies. The oil can also be used pure as a food supplement for those on a healthful diet. However it is used, it should always be served cold to protect the precious ingredients. The oil can also be used for cosmetic treatments, for example in creating creams and lotions to protect the skin against the elements such as the wind or cold, or if the skin is irritated, dry, rough or aging.