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Sow's Thistle

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The whitish juice of the Sow’s Thistle is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing, and as such can be applied to spots to dry them up and heal them. As with all such plant juices, do a patch test on the inside of the elbow before applying elsewhere on the body.

 

An infusion can be made with the leaves, flowers and stems of the Sow’s Thistle and used as a facial wash for spotty skin. Pour 250ml boiling spring water over 250ml herb. Leave to infuse for thirty minutes, then strain, cool and pour the infusion into a clean, glass bottle. Keep refrigerated and use within one week.

 

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