Carlina thistle or carlina acaulis (latin name of thistle plant). This plant is perennial and native to southern and central parts of alpine Europe. The flowers of carlina have golden and brown color. In the Middle Ages people believed that growing thistle flowers in front of their houses brought them luck; simple carrying this plant meant protection from any harm. Even today some Germans believe in the unnatural power of thistle herb.
In medicine carlina is used as a treatment of:
- stomach diseases;
- kidney problems;
- skin problems.
It has the following properties:
The usage of the plant is commonly external, but it is possible to drink carlina tea. The part of the plant that is used is root. You can add a rootstock to boiled water and use this tea by mouth 1-3 times a day. Carlina oil also is very useful, it has wonderful antibacterial properties.
It is possible, that consumption of this herb during taking certain medicinal remedies may influence your health in a bad way. That’s why you should always contact your doctor to make sure that it is safe. Of course pregnant women are not advised to take this plant.