Scientific Name: Silibum marianum
Seed Shape: Long oval
Seed Size: 6-8 mm long, 3 mm broad and 1.5 mm thick
Seed Colour: Glossy Brown
Packing: In plastic bag
Seed availability: Throughout the year
Botanical Name: Silibum marianum
English Name: Marian thistle, Mary thistle, Saint Mary's thistle
Hindi Name: Bhat-kataiya, Dudhi
Propagation: By seeds
Seeds: Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Liver protectant, Anticarcinogenic.
Milk thistle is native to the Mediterranean, but is now widespread throughout the world. This stout thistle usually grows in dry, sunny areas. The stem branches at the top, and reaches a height of 5 to 10 feet.
The leaves are wide, with white blotches or veins. The flowers are red-purple. The small, hard-skinned fruit is brown, spotted, and shiny. Milk thistle is easy to grow, and it matures quickly in just few months.
Milk thistle is widely used in the treatment for viral hepatitis (particularly hepatitis C), alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. Silymarin and other active substances in milk thistle may help reduce the risk of skin cancer.
It is also used for treatment of diabetes, kidney damage caused by diabetes, hangover, diseases of the spleen, prostate cancer, inflammation in the lungs and chest, malaria, depression, uterine complaints, increasing breast milk flow, allergy symptoms, starting menstrual flow, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, high cholesterol, and menopausal symptoms.