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Pacific Northwest Essences

Bull Thistle Flower Essence

Pacific Northwest Essences

Bull Thistle Flower Essence


Ava loves thistles—their powerful presence, the definite shapes of the leaves and flowers, and the often pink or purple flowers—and after reading about the useful essence of bull thistle in David Dalton's Stars of the Meadow, she was on the lookout for a bull thistle in bloom in our local meadows. Finally we found it, waited for it to bloom, and Ava made the essence.


Stubbornness, defiance, persistent or intense rejection of all authority; struggle accepting even moderate degrees of authority in society, community, family, country, or workplace; also for weak-willed, highly sensitive, or very yin individuals to help them develop a healthy assertiveness and to express anger appropriately (rather than bottle it up).

Emotional and spiritual effects

Bull thistle is Ava's number-one essence to help one deal with issues regarding authority and authority figures, and also with an excessive tendency toward stubbornness or noncompliance. Such tendencies might arise from various causes: It can be naturally difficult for strong-minded children to adhere to family expectations of respect or compliance (at least some of the time...), and even adults sometimes carry patterns of rebellion that started out as a rejection of excessive discipline during our childhood years. But these patterns may not serve us in our adult lives if they leave us unable to tolerate authority, such as the authority of a supervisor, teacher, or mentor. Bull thistle essence can open one up to accepting authority and appreciating the role of student or acolyte, allowing one to benefit from the learning and mentoring that is received in such relationships.

In addition, bull thistle is an excellent essence for individuals who are drawn to it and at the same time would like to develop more assertiveness in dealing with and communicating with others in their lives, particularly strong or powerful personalities.


Ava was introduced to this essence through her studies with David Dalton of Delta Gardens, and this essence is discussed in David's book, Stars of the Meadow. David's take on this essence was the starting point of our research.


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 bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare). Alcohol 22% by volume.


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