—Carduus Notice. It has several large broad leaves lying on the ground, indented and crumpled, hairy on the edges, of a white green shining colour, with many lines and streaks of a milk-white colour running all over, and set with many hard prickles, among which rise one or more strong round, prickly stalks, full of similar leaves to the top, where at the end of every branch, comes forth a great prickly Thistle- like head, strongly armed with prickles, with bright purple thrums rising out of the middle. The seed grows in the heads in soft white down, which is dispersed by the wind. The taste of the plant is bitter. It grows on ditch-banks, and by road­sides. It flowers in June and July.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Thistle (Our Lady's Thistle):

—The roots and seeds are used. An infusion of the fresh root works by urine, and removes obstructions of the liver and spleen, and is therefore good for jaundice, It hinders the ague, expels the stone, and relieves dropsy. It relieves inward pains and gripings, pains in the sides, etcetera. It is often applied outwardly with cloths to the region of the liver, to cool the distemper thereof, and to the region of the heart, against swoonings. It cleanses the blood exceedingly; and in Spring, if you boil the tender plant without the prickles, it will change your blood as the season changes, and that is the way to be safe
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