Photo of the Day: Milk Thistle Drying

NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT
(NO ONE ATTACKS ME WITH IMPUNITY)

Latin motto of the Scottish Order of the Thistle

The thistle is the national flower of Scotland, and this motto is perfect for the humble weed. When I harvest them in the late summer I have to wear my long sleeves and thick gloves.

Milk thistle is a natural liver cleanse, aids in gall bladder issues, and may even lower cholesterol. It can also help milk flow in nursing mothers.

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I harvested this window full of thistles for making teas out of later and hung them up to dry. Naturally, they burst open in my sunny windows, and the seeds came out. I gathered up the seeds (they only made a little mess in my sun room) and saved them. I plan to plant them in an empty corner of my herb garden.