Artichoke leaf (Cynara scolymus)


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A cooling and bitter herb, Artichoke leaf helps to promote bile flow. Artichoke leaf was regarded for its healthful properties in ancient Greece and is still used by western folk herbalists today. Bitter artichoke leaves are typically employed in extracts or macerated in liqueurs.

Traditionally, the leaves have long been used as a general detoxifier, especially for the liver. Often found in formulas for digestive bitters.  In small doses, it can be taken before meals for digestive weaknesses.

Originally from the Mediterranean area, the plant is still found wild on the island of Crete. Cynara scolymus is a species of thistle largely cultivated for its edible flower buds called artichokes. The artichoke is one of the world’s oldest vegetables. It was first grown in eastern Africa and then made its way to Europe via Egypt. Images of artichokes are found on ancient Egyptian papyri and on sacrificial altars. Other common names include cynara and globe artichoke.


1 oz dried leaf


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