Native to southern and western Europe, Milk Thistle has made itself at home in North America and can be easily spotted with its prickly, glossy green leaves and reddish purple thistle-like flowers. The seed coat has the highest silymarian content - the active ingredient for which Milk Thistle is known.
Once Milk Thistle reaches maturity, it develops seed clusters which are scattered by the wind. For this tea, the seeds are harvested once ripe, but before they can blow away, then ground to make a delicious tea.
Many herbalists consider it beneficial to add a little bit of Peppermint to this tea.