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Artichoke Leaf (Cynara scolymus)

Artichoke Leaf (Cynara scolymus)

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A herbal food supplement

BOTANICAL NAME

Cynara scolymus

COMMON NAMES

Artichoke leaf, Globe artichoke

FAMILY

Compositae (Asteraceae)

DESCRIPTION

Artichoke is commonly known as a garden vegetable. It is actually a member of the thistle family that has been cultivated since Roman times and used as a health food.

PART SUPPLIED

The loose dried leaf.

AVAILABLE AS

100g / 500g Pouch. Not currently available to customers in the EU.

SUITABLE FOR

Vegetarians and vegans.

DIRECTIONS

Infusion: About 1 teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 5-10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired.

Drink up to 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

CAUTIONS

This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Compositae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children, or if you are unwell, have health concerns or an ongoing illness. If in doubt, please ask us, your medical herbalist or healthcare practitioner. This herb is not suitable during pregnancy. If you are taking any medication, please speak to your healthcare practitioner before using this product. Discontinue use and consult a doctor if adverse reactions occur. This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet or lifestyle. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

FOOD USE

Boiled or steamed and eaten with butter or olive oil. Blanched and preserved in olive oil or preserved in a syrup. Also often stuffed.

This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. 

MEDICINAL USE

Artichoke is of nutritional value as an aid to digestion, strengthening of liver and gall bladder function. 

Key actions: Depurative, bitter tonic, hepatic, cholagogue, diuretic, hepatoprotective, choleretic, antiemetic.

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat gout and jaundice. 

Diuretic with a protective action on the liver. 

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.

OTHER USES
DYE PLANT 

Artichoke yields a green dye on boiling. 

HUSBANDRY 

Can be used as green forage for ruminants. In dairy ewes fed artichoke silage milk production was unaffected by the fat content of the cheese was lowered.

STORAGE

Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.

PACKAGING
Pouches: Packaged in a biodegradable stand-up resealable pouch. Made with 45% - 60% renewable wood pulp starch. When placed into a composting environment the pouches will biodegrade to compost within 3 months.