Flor Box OXO | Edible Flowers | Milk Thistle

Updated: Aug 26

Milk Thistle is highly beneficial on so many levels for medicinal and and culinary purposes. Check out the origins and benefits of milk thistle in addition to prepping a great hydrated recipe from Margaret Roberts, the Milk Thistle Flower Drink. With the beat of the heat, Flor Box OXO has shared our favorite nutritional drink that will keep you cool all summer long!

Milke Thistle Anatomy + Origins

Thistle (Cirisium vulgare) is named for the prickly leaves beneth the pink or purple flowers heads. Thistle comes in many forms although stemming from the genus Carduus family, are sourced from Europe to North America. With its weedy appearance, it can often times be mistaken for an intrusive weed.


Thistle (Cirisium vulgare) represents independence, austerity, protection from distraction, habit breaking, spiritual desires, courage, inner strength, coping. - Flowerpaedia (2018)

Milk Thistle Medicinal Benefits

Milk thistle has medicinal benefits to treat critical organs such as the liver, gall bladder, and gall stones. This plant is also great for helping with depression and anxiety as well. Because of the multiple benefits of milk thistle, it can also provide nutrients to these critical organs especially post chemotherapy.

Milk Thistle Flower Drink 

This cleansing drink is great when paired with morning breakfast or after a nice work out session on the yoga mat! Do not let the "milk" label fool you, this nutritious flower drink is a fruity tropical drink. Margaret Roberts' signature milk thistle flower drink recipe is simple and quick to prep and perfect for hydration and nutrition all summer long!

Ingredients (4 Servings)

4-6 milk flowers, roughly cut

1 liter unsweetened grape or applejuice

1 teaspoon aniseeds

1 teaspoon linseeds, lightly crushed

10 Lucerne flowers and buds

Ice and Iced water

Recipe (4 Servings)

Simmer milk thistle flowers and fruit juice with the lid on for 20 minutes. Add the aniseeds, linseeds, and Lucerne flowers and buds. Leave it covered and allow it to cool. Strain, discard the flowers and seeds, add a little iced water and serve with crushed ice. Add carrot juice with pineapple for a change. Sip slowly, Make it fresh daily.

Enjoy! - OXO, Flor Box 

Sources For This Article

Sourcing from the following resources: Flowerpaedia (2018), authored by environmental artist and floral specialist, Cheralyn Darcey,Encyclopedia Britannica, britannica.com (sourced in 2020), and 100 Edible + Healing Flowers: Cultivating, Cooking, Restoring Health, (2014) authored by herbalist and arborist, Margaret Roberts.

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