Shepherd’s purse is considered by many herbalists as one of the best medical herbs for stopping hemorrhages of all kinds. Chinese Medicine adds shepherd’s purse to formulas to “brighten vision” and for nose bleeds and skin injuries.
Lady’s Purse, Mother’s Heart, Shepherd’s Bog, Case weed, Pick Pocket, and Witches pouch
Antiscorbutic, stimulant and diuretic
Teas, tinctures and capsules.
Topical Uses / Applications:
Not normally used in cooking but can be.
Ascorbic acid, beta-sitosterol, choline, citric acid, diosmin, histamine, inositol, rutin, tannic acid, and tannins.
Do not use Shepherd’s Purse if you are pregnant. Avoid if you have excessive kidney or liver disorders.
Culpepper says it helps bleeding from wounds – inward or outward – and:
“if bound to the wrists, or the soles of the feet, it helps the jaundice. The herb made into poultices, helps inflammation and St. Anthony’s fire. The juice dropped into ears, heals the pains, noise and matterings thereof. A good ointment may be made of it for all wounds, especially wounds in the head.”
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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