Shepherd’s purse is an annual herb native to Europe and Asia and can be found growing in many other parts of the world. It named Shepherds Purse due to its triangular, purse-like pods. It may also be known by many other names including – Shepherd’s Bag, Shepherd’s Scrip, Shepherd’s Sprout, Lady’s Purse, Witches’ Pouches, Rattle Pouches, Case-Weed, Pick-Pocket, Pick-Purse, Bourse de Pasteur, Hirtentasche, Borsa de Pastor, Borsa di Pastore, Pepper-and-Salt, Poor Man’s Parmacetie, Sanguinary, Mother’s Heart & Clappedepouch.
The herb has been used in traditional medicine internally as tea or tincture, or externally as tincture, tea or ointments, for treatment of disorders of the skin, locomotor system, cardiovascular system, hemostasis, and gynaecologic problems.
In his 17th century herbal, Culpepper said of shepherd’s Purse ‘It stops all fluxes of blood either caused by inward or outward wounds’, adding that ‘The herb being made in to a poultice, helps inflammations and St Anthony’s fire’.
During WWI when it became difficult to obtain styptic (wound healing) herbs imported from the Americas such as golden seal doctors used poultices of shepherds purse to help stop the wounds of soldiers from bleeding.
1:5 Alcohol Volume 25%. Take 10 – 15 drops 2 x daily.