Why Shepherd’s Purse? Also commonly called Shepherd’s heart, shepherd’s bag, pick-pocket, lady’s purse, mothers’ heart, toy wort, and witches’ pouches. The name shepherd’s purse is derived from the small flat seed pouches that resemble the leather purses worn by shepherds in ancient times.
Shepherd’s purse is native to the Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. It has been introduced on every continent and is considered a common weed in many parts of the world, especially in colder climates. It has a worldwide distribution avoiding only the tropical lowland areas.
Quality Assured: Our certified organic shepherd’s purse is sustainably sourced from Bulgaria. This herb is Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and grown without the use of genetic engineering, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides. Our experts here at the Apothecary Shoppe personally evaluate every herb through taste, touch, and smell to assure that you are receiving the best botanicals suitable for use.
Benefits: The mineral content of shepherd’s purse makes it a useful addition to the daily salad. It is rather bitter so use young leaves only. The young, freshly picked tips are a popular vegetable in China where it is sold in bunches in the markets. Shepherd’s purse also supports normal menstruation. The dried leaves can also be used as an infusion to prepare a tea that provides wellness support.
Cautions and Contraindications: If you have an allergy or hypersensitivity to any plant in the Brassicaceae family, avoid shepherd’s purse.
Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have a history of kidney stones. Use cautiously if taking sedatives, diuretics, cardioactive, hypertensive, hypotensive, or thyroid drugs, herbs, or supplements.
HEALTHY MENSTRUATION SUPPORT TEA
Shepherd’s purse Capsella bursa-pastoris leaves: ½ ounce
Chamomile Roman Chamaemelum nobile flowers: ½ ounce
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis leaves: ½ ounce
Sage Salvia officinalis leaves: ½ ounce
Catnip Nepeta cataria leaves: ½ ounce
Directions: Mix the herbs and store in a dry, airtight container. As needed, use one teaspoon and one cup of boiling water to prepare a standard infusion. Steep for 15 minutes and use four to six tablespoons of the hot infusion every one-half to one hour.
This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Because there is not adequate substantive scientific research as defined by the FDA we are unable to provide any guidance on how to use this herb. We suggest you do your own research.