Other Names: Akkız, Bostanotu, Mübarekdikeni, Şevketotu, Cnicus benedictus
Botanical Information: From the Compoundaceae family; It is an annual herbaceous plant that can grow up to 50 cm. There are many thorns on the edges of its large hairy leaves. The veins on the underside of the leaves turn white. It has yellow compound flowers that bloom throughout the summer. The plant reproduces by shedding its cylindrical, tassel-like, hairy brown seeds, which are produced by the maturation of these flowers. The plant, which is cut and collected when its above-ground parts are young, is thoroughly peeled and removed from its thorns and sold in the markets of the Aegean and Mediterranean regions under the name Şevketibostan, or simply Şevketotu. It is cooked and consumed as a vegetable.
Places of Cultivation: Şevketibostan, whose homeland is unknown, grows wild in fields, gardens and countryside in the Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean regions of our country.
Collection and Storage: The leaves and flowering shoots of the plant are collected during the summer when the plant is in flower. It is dried carefully in the shade and cut into pieces. The seeds are collected when they ripen in autumn.
Known Composition: Şevketibostan contains the bitter-tasting substance called sinisin, flavonoids, essential oils and sticky plant liquids.
It increases digestion and bile secretions.
It relieves digestive difficulties associated with abdominal pain and provides relief.
It stops bleeding; It is effective in healing hemorrhoids and diarrhea.
It increases appetite.
It is diuretic.
It has the ability to clean and heal wounds. (The prepared tea is cleaned by applying it to the wounds with the help of cotton.)
How to use: Take 1-2 teaspoons of the dried flowering shoots and seeds of the plant, pour 1 glass of boiling water over it and infuse it for 10-15 minutes to obtain a tea. Drink one glass of the tea thus prepared three times a day.