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Onopordum acanthium L. or Scotch/ Scottish thistle
Here is one of the legends of how it all happen:
Late in the summer of 1263 King Haakon of Norway, now intent on conquering the Scots, set off with a sizeable fleet of longships for the Scottish coast. Gales and fierce storms forced some of the ships onto the beach at Largs in Ayrshire, and a Norwegian force was landed.
Legend has it that at some point during the invasion the Norsemen tried to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear. But as they crept barefoot they came across an area of ground covered in thistles and one of Haakon’s men unfortunately stood on one and shrieked out in pain, thus alerting the Clansmen to the advancing Norsemen.
His shout warned the Scots who rose up and engaged the enemy, thus saving Scotland from invasion. The important role that the thistle had played in the Battle of Largs was recognised and so was chosen as Scotland’s national emblem. The first use of the thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470.
Well, in #Bulgaria we call it Магарешки бодил/ Magareshki bodil/ if translated Donkey Thistle 😁, not sure why named after donkeys, couldn't find any info on it. Here are the dried buds I have been using this week for my tea 🍵! I just love the colors of this plant, even dried it keeps those beautiful colors:
Well, the kids are sick a little bit... you know this time of the year 🤧 so I am adding one flower in the tea pot to boost their immunity. The Onopordum acanthium has an anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and cardiotonic agents so helps to improve the immune system and to recover easily from sickness. This week I've been doing different combos of herbal teas to help my kids feel better.
The one I made today was with elderberry flower (immune boost), few rosehip fruits (vitamin C) and mint from our garden (helps respiratory system). Tastes really good...kid approved...with honey, of course 🍯☺️
Have you used Scottish thistle somehow?
Have you heard any other legends for this plant?