Herbs

Shepherd's Purse

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Spanish Translation: Capsella bursa pastoris

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.

 

 

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Herbs & Information provided by Mountain Rose Herbs. To learn more about them, visit their website MountainRoseHerbs

 

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