Shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
Shepherd's Purse can be used fresh or dry in form of a tea or an infusion. The plant is considered to be an astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and styptic. Used internally, Shepherd’s purse is very effective in cases of excessive menstrual flow, and is usually used to stop heavy bleedings and hemorrhaging. It is an excellent remedy against chronic uterine bleeding disorders, especially uterine bleeding caused by the presence of a fibroid tumor. It is also helpful in cases of gastrointestinal bleedings such as bleeding ulcers. Shepherd’s Purse is also used externally. Applied to injuries, it can promote the healing process and stop the bleeding. It is also said to be helpful in cases of eczema and rashes. Safety: Pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding should not use this plant. Sometimes skin may react from contact with the seeds. It is highly advisable to consult your doctor/herbalist before consumption of any herb.