Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-patoris)

Parts used

Entire plant


Astringent, diuretic, febrifuge, hemostatic, purgative (mild), stimulant

Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus fulva)

Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus fulva)

Primary nutrients

Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, tin, vitamins C, E and K, zinc

During World War I and World War II, when traditional medications were in short supply, shepherd’s purse tea was used out of necessity to control bleeding due to casualties of war.

Shepherd’s purse has historically been used for hemorrhaging after childbirth, excessive menstruation and internal bleeding in the lungs and colon. Properties in shepherd’s purse act as a blood coagulant. The herb can be applied externally to sores, wounds, nosebleeds and bruises. It helps constrict the blood vessels and is used to regulate blood pressure and heart action. It acts as a stimulant and tonic for catarrh of the urinary tract which is indicated by mucus in the urine.

Shepherd’s purse has also been found to contain components that lower blood pressure and stimulate uterine contractions. For this reason, it should not be used during pregnancy.

Primary Applications

Ear ailments
Urine, bloody
Blood pressure, high
Menstrual symptoms

Secondary Applications

Uterine problems
Back pain, lower
Heart problems
Kidney problems
Water retention

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