Milk thistle is considered a medicinal plant; milk thistle seeds have been used to treat extreme cases of hepatitis and liver degeneration with remarkable effects. Milk thistle tea can be prepared using either the seeds or the leaves of the plant. The seeds have a greater medicinal benefit than the leaves, as they contain silymarin, but the leaves still have benefits, particularly for those with liver, gall bladder and mild digestive complaints.
Things You'll Need
- 1 tablespoon milk thistle seeds or 1 1/2 milk thistle leaves
- Pestle and mortar
- Chopping board
- 1 to 3 cups water
- Small pan
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Milk Thistle Tea From Seeds
Crush the milk thistle seeds with a mortar and pestle; transfer them to a small pan.
Add three cups of water and bring to the boil on the stovetop.
Remove the pan from the stovetop. Steep the milk thistle seeds for around 20 minutes, then strain with the sieve.
Milk Thistle Tea From Leaves
Chop 1 1/2 milk thistle leaves.
Boil water and pour one cup of it over the leaves.
Steep the leaves for five to ten minutes, then strain.