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cooldudetta's version from 2015-05-12 19:31

Milk thistle

Names: Silybum marianum, Milk thistle, Mariendistel
Origin: Southern Europe, Asia
Family: Asteraceae
Growing: annually, biennially
Description: 30-200cm tall, red and purple flowers, shiny pale green leaves with white veins
Contains: sylimarin from flavanolignan group - liver-protective effects
Parts used: Seeds, important herbal liver medicine
Use cases: 1. poisoning with death cap mushroom, 2. liver cleansing/detox
Use forms: liver tonics, teas