Ingredient Feature: Milk Thistle
Tender but for the Thorns
With a mop-top head the color of fuchsia and a stem that’s prickly to the touch, milk thistle likes to be noticed. And for good reason: This eye-catching, robust plant has a side that’s all business.
A relative of the daisy, milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is native to the Mediterranean region, thriving in dry, sunny climes. Its name comes from the splashes of milky white on its leaves, and the creamy sap they produce once crushed.
Milk thistles are hearty by nature, using their innate self-defenses to conquer territory—whether in the garden or in the field. Which is why it’s considered a weed in some parts, maturing quickly.
However, for at least 2,000 years medical experts have relied on this “weed” as an herbal remedy for liver, kidney, and gall bladder ailments. In particular, milk thistle is known as a “liver tonic” for its protective effects and ability to improve the organ’s function.
In culinary use, every aspect of the milk thistle plant can be consumed, including the leaves, stems, roots, shoots and even spiny bracts of the flower head. Bitter when raw, and more tender when sautéed or stewed, milk thistle has good nutrient value.
Milk thistle is credited with calming inflammation, improving moisture retention and giving skin a radiant glow.
In skin care, milk thistle is credited with calming inflammation, improving moisture retention, and giving skin a radiant glow. Even better, it helps protect against free radicals, helping your skin look and feel younger.
These impressive skincare benefits make it a perfectly natural ingredient for Garden Alchemy body care products fragranced with Wild Angelica. For this fresh, green floral scent, a water-based extract of milk thistle endows Bath Salts, Body Soufflé, Bubbling Bath Elixir and Shower Gel with its time-honored advantages.
To experience where perfumery meets botany in a lush, intoxicating sensory expression, reach for milk thistle. Behold its amazing skin benefits and visit Wild Angelica today.
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