Milk Thistle is one of the most popular liver tonic herb in Europe. It grows in dry, rocky soils throughout southern and western Europe and in some parts of the United-States.
Its branched stem grows 1 to 3 feet high with dark green, shiny leaves. Large, solitary, purple flower heads covered in spines appear from June to August.
Milk Thistle contains a flavonoid called silymarin that helps fight free radical damage, and exerts a protective effect on the liver. The liver plays a critical role in maintaining good health. It also detoxifies poisons that enter our body, such as nicotine, alcohol and other pollutants.
Milk Thistle (Cardus Marianus).