Shepherds purse medicinal herb is a good source of calcium, sulphur and magnesium

Shepherd's Purse: Ian Cunliffe [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Shepherds purse or shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) medicinal herb is a plant that is native to Europe and it is of the Brassicaceae family. It can be found growing all over the United States of America and other parts of the world and it is also an annual herb.  It is known as a common wayside weed and therefore its value is underestimated.  The herbal benefits are yet to be greatly explored.

The medicinal properties are astringent, detergent, vulnerary as well as diuretic and the entire plant may be used for its health benefits.

The common names are Mother's heart, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Permacety, Case wort, Cocowort, Shepherd's heart, Pickpocket, Toywort, Pick purse, Pickpurse, St. James' weed, St. Anthony's fire, Pepper grass, and St. James wort.

The constituents are mustard oil, saponins, choline, tyramine, flavonoids, fumaric acid and acetylcholine.

Health benefits of shepherds purse

One of shepherd's purse health benefits is the ability to stop any kind of bleeding, both internal and external bleeding.   It is the herb for bleeding.  It is excellent to treat hemorrhage after child's birth as well as all other internal hemorrhages.  I cannot get over the fact that it is truly a wonder healing herb for bleeding.

Capsella bursa-pastoris is also good for excessive menstruation and it is one of the best alternative medicine for this condition. Sufferers would do well by utilizing this medicinal plant.

It is also beneficial for ailments such as hemorrhoids and or bleeding hemorrhoids of the the stomach, the lungs, or the uterus, as well as the kidneys. It is also good to treat piles, kidney conditions, diarrhea, heart conditions as well as fever. Shepherd's purse herb is a very good medicinal herb to be kept in all kitchen cupboards.

It is a traditional Austrian medicine and was utilized as a tincture as well as tea for internal conditions.  It was also used externally for ailments such as skin conditions and hemostasis.

It is a popularly utilized as food in the country of Shanghai as well as throughout the region of Jiangnan.   It is one of the ingredients in the wontons done by those in this region.  It can also be stir-fried and used with rice cakes.  It is also used in Korea as vegetables and greens.


For dosage it is ideal to steep one teaspoonful of the dry herb to one cup of boiling water for thirty minutes.   It is best to consume the tea while it is cold.  Do this by consuming one cup two times per day.  Also, it is best to drink a mouthful of shepherds purse tea at a time.

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