Shepherd's Purse - Useful Herb for Haemorrhaging
Capsella bursa-pastoris Brassicaceae
Common throughout Europe, shepherd's purse is a weed that thrives on waste ground. Fragile, upright stems bear clusters if little white flowers followed by seedpods shaped like small pouch purses from which the plant gets its name.
Traditionally shepherd's purse was used to treat hemorrhaging after childbirth and for all forms of internal bleeding. In the First World War, it was employed to staunch bleeding when supplies of other styptic medicines, such as ergot, ran low. Today, it is prescribed as a gentle remedy for heavy periods, and can be used to stop nosebleeds.
The plant has antiseptic, diuretic and urinary properties. which make it a useful remedy for cystitis, and is also astringent and anti-inflammatory.Shepherd's purse can also cause the uterus to contract. Th is effect was demonstrated in 1969 in a study that observed the stimulating effect of the plant's alkaloids on the uterus.
The plant contains a powerfully active essential oil, choline, acetylcholine, tyramine and flavonoids.
Shepherd's purse will flourish in even the poorest soils. Plant in a sunny or lightly shaded spot.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT heavy or painful periods, piles
TO TREAT nose bleeds INHALATIONS Make an infusion (see above) and allow it to cool. Use as a nasal douche, snorting it up through the nostrils.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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