Milk Thistle Tea

As I was researching the benefits of milk thistle tea, the first website I came upon was entirely dedicated to the benefits of milk thistle, without any product for sale. I guess milk thistle is just such an outstanding herb, that it deserves its very own website! For that reason, the benefits listed here will be dedicated only to milk thistle tea.

About Milk Thistle

Milk thistle has been used for traditionally by herbalists and physicians to carry off bile and heal the liver from such diseases as fatty liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and poisoning. As depression was associated with the liver, milk thistle was the answer to all melancholy disorders. Today, millions of people consume milk thistle tea to support healthy liver function and detox the liver.

Milk thistle, Sylibum marianum, is a flowering weed native to the Mediterranean region of Europe and Asia. The flowers and seeds are the parts used for tea. The properties are astringent, bitter, bile-inducing, perspiration increasing, diuretic, liver protecting, stomach stimulant, as well as muscle contracting. Milk thistle is rich in an antioxidant called sylmarin and fatty acids,

Key properties

  • Antioxidant
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Anticarinogenic
  • Liver Protecting
  • Bile inducer
  • Reduces scar tissue on liver

Protects and Detoxifies Liver

Liver The tea of milk thistle will not be as potent as capsules, but brewed as a decoction, it will keep a good portion of its powerful antioxidant, sylmarin. Sylmarin stimulates enzymes in the liver. It also is anticarcinogenic, and protects the liver from the action of free radicals and external factors. It can inhibit free radicals derived from ingestion of long-term toxic substances, such as alcohol, chemotherapy, or drugs.


Milk thistle protects the liver by properties which function to block tissue scarring. The anti-inflammatory properties are attributable to its ability to regulate proteins responsible for inducing inflammation.

Cardiovascular Health

Milk thistle tea is good for the heart, as it has been shown to lower cholesterol levels in scientific studies. This is in part due to high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acid (Omega 3), particularly, linoleic acid.


The antioxidant and protective properties of milk thistle tea make it beneficial for the skin and help reduce signs of aging.

Digestive Aid

Sylimarin in the form of tea may help improve digestion and upset stomach. As well, it can help lessen the toxic effect of a hangover.

Preparation for best concentration

Preparing a decoction. Boil the 2 teabags containing milk thistle seeds in 1 cup of water, until reduced to 2/3 cup. Turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes more.

Warnings and Side Effects

Milk thistle is regarded as a safe herb and virtually no side effects have been reported. However, it may produce an allergic reaction in some people, and is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. The FDA does not approve milk thistle tea as a cure or treatment for any diseases.


The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, Andrew Chevallier, DK publishing

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