Shepherd’s Purse: Weeds, Plant, Seedling, Benefits, Uses, Tea | Capsella Seed


Shepherd’s purse (Carselia bursa pastoris) belongs to the cruciferous family – Cruciferae, or cabbage – Brassicaceae. The plant got its name back in ancient Rome for its similarity with a bag tied at the top with a rope. The word Capsella (Latin) literally translates as a shepherd’s handbag or bag.


An annual widespread “weed” with a height of 10 to 70 cm with a rosette of pinnate leaves with large lobes, small white flowers, and characteristic triangular pods. Blooms in May-August. Distribution – almost everywhere in Russia. Found in fields, vegetable gardens, orchards, and along roadsides. During flowering, the entire aerial part is collected with a shepherd’s purse.


Shepherd's Purse: Weeds, Plant, Seedling, Benefits, Uses, Tea | Capsella Seed
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Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s purse was known as a medicinal plant in ancient Greece and Rome. The hemostatic effect of the shepherd’s purse has been used since the time of Hippocrates, who used the plant for diseases of the uterus. In modern folk medicine, the shepherd’s purse is used to stop pulmonary, stomach, intestinal bleeding, uterine bleeding during menopause, in case of miscarriage.

Also, the shepherd’s purse is used to strengthen the reproductive organs in women, and if there is a miscarriage of pregnancy, they drink grass for 2-3 months to reduce the risk of such a situation. In addition to women’s diseases, the shepherd’s purse helps well with diseases of the liver, bladder, and kidneys, especially with nephritis. The plant has been successfully used for hypertension, malignant ulcers and cancer of the stomach, tumors, cancer, and uterine fibroids.



Chemical composition

Chemical composition: the herb contains choline, acetylcholine, tyramine, inositol, tannins, bursic, fumaric, malic, citric, and tartaric acids, a lot of potassium, vitamins C (up to 200 mg%), K (accelerating blood clotting), phytoncides and essential oil. Seeds contain up to 28% fatty oil, which is comparable in quantity to mustard.


How to use the plant

  • In diseases of the liver and kidneys in the summer, squeeze juice from fresh grass and take 40 drops in half with water 3 times a day. In winter, you can prepare an infusion – pour 40-50 g of dried grass into 1 liter of boiling water, leave for 1 hour, strain and take half a cup 3-4 times a day warm.
  • With menopause in case of strong hot flashes and bleeding, brew 1 tablespoon of herbs in a glass of boiling water, leave for 2 hours. Take 1-2 tablespoons 4 times a day half an hour before meals.
  • For urinary incontinence, pour 3 tablespoons of herbs with two cups of boiling water in a thermos, leave for 3-4 hours. Take half a glass 4 times a day before meals.
  • For uterine bleeding, take 2 3 tablespoons of dried herbs for 1 cup of boiling water, close the lid and leave for 2 hours. Drink 1/3 cup 3 times a day. Usually, after a day or two, the bleeding stops, but it takes another two days to drink the infusion at least once in the morning or at night.
  • With stress. Take fresh juice 40-50 drops with water 3 times a day.
  • For pulmonary tuberculosis with frequent bleeding, brew 20 g of herbs per 1 liter of boiling water. The effectiveness of this recipe has been proven in clinical trials.
  • For diarrhea, fresh juice of the plant is used – 1 tablespoon 3-4 times a day.
  • As a choleretic agent, 40-50 g of herbs are brewed per 1 liter of boiling water, insisted for half an hour, filtered and drunk warm in a glass 3 times a day 1 hour before meals.

It is worth noting that in terms of effect, the juice of the plant greatly benefits compared to dried raw materials. It is applied in 40-50 drops.



  • pregnancy;
  • with hypotension, apply no more than a few days;
  • scanty menstruation;
  • with increased blood clotting, use with caution.



Other application

Young leaves are used in cooking in the preparation of salads, cabbage soup, fillings for pies. In China and Taiwan, the shepherd’s purse is cultivated as a spinach plant.


Example recipes with shepherd’s purse:

  • Soup. Place 2-3 medium-sized chopped potatoes in boiling salted water, cook until soft. Add chopped leaves of shepherd’s purse, previously placed in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, sauteed carrots, 50 g of barley groats, spices to taste, and cook until tender. Before serving, you can add sour cream.
  • Pasta for sandwiches. Mix in a blender the young leaves of shepherd’s purse and celery in equal parts, add a spoonful of mustard, spices to taste, lemon juice. Spread the paste on bread or loaves.
  • Preparation for the winter. In the spring, collect the young leaves of the shepherd’s purse, dry, chop, and sift. Store the resulting powder in a glass jar and use it for making green cocktails and first courses.
  • Shepherd’s purse salad. Cut young leaves of shepherd’s purse 70 g, sorrel leaves 30 g, medium cucumber into strips, chop 50 g of young cabbage. Season the salad with lemon juice, add spices to taste.

We draw your attention to the fact that it is desirable to eliminate any problem at three levels: physical, energetic, and spiritual. The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery. The information provided must be considered as capable of helping, based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine, the multifaceted action of herbal remedies, but not as a guarantee.

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