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Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse

Capsella Bursa-Pastoris


Personal Note: Shepherd’s Purse has a long traditional use as what we call a “styptic”, used to staunch bleeding, particularly after delivery. Although not commonly used for other actions, Shepherd’s Purse is also a useful alterative in skin disorders.


Shepherd’s purse is known for its triangular, purse-like pods and is a member of the mustard (Brassicaceae) family. In traditional Austrian medicine it has been used internally as a tea or tincture to teat skin disorders, cardiovascular and gynecological conditions.

Common Medical Uses

  • Post-partum hemorrhage
  • Excess menstrual flow or to stimulate menstrual flow
  • Topical bleeding lesions

How To Consume

  • Tincture
  • Infusion

Works well with – This herb is sometimes used as a single, specific, for post-partum bleeding. It can be used in combo with Yarrow, and perhaps some Old Man’s Beard (the herb, not an actual old man’s beard), to further help with bleeding.