Milk Thistle Beadlets
The milk thistle is a thistle of the genus Silybum Adans., a flowering plant of the daisy family (Asteraceae).
They are native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The name "milk thistle" derives from two features of the leaves: they are mottled with splashes of white and they contain a milky sap.
The seeds of the milk thistle have been used for 2000 years to treat chronic liver disease and protect the liver against toxins.
Increasing research is being undertaken on the physiological effects, therapeutic properties and possible medical uses of milk thistle.