Shepherd's Purse

By Paula

Shepherd's Purse has remarkable properties:
- It raises the blood pressure,
- It has uterine vasoconstrictor and haemostatic properties (encourages blood clotting). Thus it stops the bleedings, especially uterine ones.
- It acts as a coronary vasodilator,
- It helps cure damp eczema and rashes.

The plant was used successfully from old times for its hemostatic (antihemorrhagic) properties.

Shepherd’s purse helps in blood losses in the intestine, blood in urine or epistaxis. In the Middle Ages this herb was irreplaceable for obstetrician and midwives at birth.

However, few people know that this plant, whose heart-shaped leaves are known even by children, is one of the most effective herbal remedies for uterine fibroids, even in severe cases.

Used as a tea/infusion, shepherd’s purse has hemostatic effects.In tincture form it is used for massage in case of hematoma, injuries, crushed hands/feet, tendinitis (inflamed tendons).

The tea (consumed 2-3 cups daily) is used with great success in all types of hemorrhages (nasal, stomach, intestinal, metrorrhagia - uterine bleeding occurring at irregular intervals between periods).

In case of bleeding injuries, the infusion of shepherd’s purse is remarkably static.

If you experience heavy menstrual flow, drink two cups of tea one week before the cycle. This tea regulates the cycle during puberty.

If strong bleeding suddenly appear during menopause, the tea can stabilize the situation and positively influence you. Drink 2 cups of tea daily for 4 weeks, take a break for 3 weeks, and repeat the treatment.

In case of hemorrhoids and loss of blood, it is recommended to drink daily two cups of shepherd’s purse tea, and after the general condition stabilizes continue to drink a cup of tea per day.

When I was in the hospital after birth my breasts were very swollen. Because of the lactation they hardened and they hurt. It would have been useful to know about shepherd’s purse compresses.

Mothers with swollen breasts during breast-feeding should warm fresh shepherd’s purse in steam (in a sieve), put the warm herb in a cloth and apply it locally.

Because I have low blood pressure the family doctor recommended me to drink coffee to raise the blood pressure. I don’t like coffee, so I looked for herbs instead.

Shepherd’s purse and mistletoe (viscum album) regulates blood circulation – they are indicated in both hypertension and hypotension.

For muscle atrophy you must massage the muscle daily with shepherd’s purse tincture until regaining locomotor capacity. Generally, all muscle affections benefit from shepherd’s purse tincture massage.

When we want to heal an inguinal hernia, four cups of tea daily combined with the anointing of the affected spot with shepherd’s purse tincture can lead to remarkable results.

Shepherd’s purse heals the eyes. It is one of the best natural treatments for vision problems. Often the view, especially nocturnal vision, decrease because of the absence of vitamin A. This plant is one of the richest in carotene, exceeding even carrots. Drink an infusion from two tea spoons in a cup of water twice a day.

Use mode:

Tea (infusion): Mince a teaspoon of shepherd’s purse and pour on it a cup (250 ml / 8 oz) of boiling water. Leave it for a minute, filter and drink two cups of tea daily.

Cold macerate: Put 6 tablespoons of shepherd’s purse in 200 ml / 6.7 oz of cold water (two glasses). Leave it for eight hours, filter it and drink this tea during the day.

Tincture:Mince the plant and put it in a glass bottle. Pour alcohol (38-40%) and leave it for two weeks in a light place. If necessary, take a teaspoon of tincture and dilute in tea.The best use for tincture is for massages in case of muscle pain.

Steam compresses: Put fresh shepherd’s purse in a metal sieve over a vessel with boiling hot water. When heated due to steam, put the plant on a clean cloth and apply as a compress on the affected site (muscle atrophy, inguinal hernia).

Affections:Shepherd's Purse
Pectoral Angina
Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain and Cramps)
Stomach Pain
Internal Bleeding
Arterial Hypertension
Cardiac Insufficiency
Renal Lithiasis
Heavy Menstrual Flow
Metrorrhagia (irregular uterine bleeding)


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