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Shepherd's Purse

  • Capsella bursa pastoris
  • Origin: Hungary
Shepherd's Purse

SKU
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Common Name

Standardized: shepherd's purse

Botanical Name

Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.
Plant Family: Brassicaceae

Overview

Introduction

Shepherd's purse is a temperate zone weed in the mustard family, the same as cabbage, broccoli, and watercress. It is a biennial with an erect stem emerging from a rosette of leaves at its base. It bears four-petalled white flowers that produce heart or purse shaped seedpods. Its name comes from its resemblance to a shepherd's pouch in the middle ages. All of the aboveground parts of the plant are used in herbal medicines.

Constituents

Ascorbic acid, beta-sitosterol, choline, citric acid, diosmin, histamine, inositol, rutin, tannic acid, tannins.

Parts Used

Seedpods, crushed before making tea.

Typical Preparations

Teas, tinctures and encapsulations.

Precautions

Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.