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Pacific Northwest Essences

Canada Thistle Flower Essence

Pacific Northwest Essences

Canada Thistle Flower Essence


Wild-growing Canada thistle has a messy, intense energy—much like family relationships a lot of the time. This is our number-one essence to use when family relationships feel exhausting, family problems feel unsolvable, or spouses can't get along. It is powerful enough to be transformational when used as a single essence, but can also be used as part of a blend.

We suggest taking this essence for at least three weeks daily, or until the 0.5 fl oz bottle is used up (rather than on as-needed basis), but some people feel drawn to purchase a second bottle and continue with this essence for a second month or even longer. In addition to taking the essence internally to benefit from its healing, one can also benefit from enjoying live flowering Canada thistle plants.  

Canada thistle is a remedy for enhancing relationships within the family, and is ideal to have on hand when going through difficult or argumentative stages with family members. You may choose to have all family members take the essence together, or just use the essence yourself during such times. This essence, which was handmade by our herbalist Ava Zhan, is also useful for those who struggle to leave behind the "baggage" from an unhappy or difficult childhood. 


Family discord, feeling stuck or confused regarding family issues or dynamics, feeling burdened by one's problems with the family, having unwanted memories of childhood unhappiness in one's family.

Emotional and spiritual effects

Canada thistle is an essence for easing family discord that feels painful and unbearable, with no solution in sight. If there is too much anger present that needs to be transformed into something else, this essence can help to channel that energy into a positive and lighter direction. It helps one recover a sense of boundless freedom and possibility when one feels bound or limited due to family circumstances. 

Just as the flowers of this thorny plant effortlessly transform into light-as-air, downy white fuzz that flies off on faraway adventures, this essence can help one to find a sense of release from old wounds, and to rise up feeling free, without hesitation, without anxiety, without baggage. Such is the power of the essence from this plant. It is helpful for those who have had less-than-happy childhoods and struggle to fully leave the hurt and wounds behind. Sometimes this baggage can turn up over and over in our adult family lives as transference or hot buttons, and Canada thistle can help, especially in conjunction with therapy, meditation, and other efforts to help leave the childhood's damage behind.


Shake the bottle before each use. Take 3 drops at a time onto the tongue or mixed with water 3–4 times a day, between meals and not with herbs or coffee.
Store away from sun exposure, excessive heat or cold, electronics, and strong scents. 


Water, gluten-free brandy (from grapes; a preservative), infusion of wild-grown Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense). Alcohol 22% by volume.


Keep out of reach of children. Consult your health care practitioner before using if pregnant or nursing.