shepherds purse

nksunshine27 Posts: 343 ✭✭✭
edited November 2020 in Wild Edibles & Medicinals

i was wondering if anyone could tell me what parts of shepherds purse is medicinal i have read conflicting info thank you


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,396 admin

    I have been taught that it is the seeds pouches (purses) that are the most medicinal part of the plant.

    This is from the German Commission E Herbal Plant monographs:

    "Pharmacopeial grade shepherd's purse consists of the dried, aerial parts of Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medikus, harvested near the end of the flowering period when the seed pods are present."

  • nksunshine27
    nksunshine27 Posts: 343 ✭✭✭

    @torey thankyou i had my garden area over run with them and some said it was the root others said the areal part. my hubby said i needed to lovingly pull them up so i rinsed them of root and all and have them on screens drying.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,396 admin

    @nksunshine27 You are very welcome.

  • Amy
    Amy Posts: 35 ✭✭✭

    You can grab a bunch of the plant and use directly on a small wound to stop bleeding if you do not have yarrow handy. Nice for when you are out in the garden!