Also Known as Capsella-bursa-pastoris, Lady’s Purse, Mother’s Heart, Shepherd’s Bog, Case weed, Pick Pocket, Witches pouch, Cocowort, shepherd's heart, toywort, St. James' weed, St. James' wort, St. Anthony's fire
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.
This herb is generally used in teas, tinctures, and encapsulations.
Note: Use of shepherd’s purse to treat spotting during pregnancy is not recommended, since the herb can cause uterine contraction. If bleeding treated by the herb persists for more than three days, consult a qualified healthcare practitioner. Not recommended if you have severe liver or kidney disease.
In ritual spells and magic, Shepherds Purse was used as a protective charm against bleeding. The seeds were used as an amulet for teething children. Eating the seeds of the first three Shepherd's Purse plants one sees is said to protect against all manner of diseases for the rest of the year.
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