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shepherds purse

nksunshine27nksunshine27 IdahoPosts: 320 ✭✭✭
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


  • toreytorey Posts: 2,334 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."

  • nksunshine27nksunshine27 IdahoPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    @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.

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,334 admin

    @nksunshine27 You are very welcome.

  • AmyAmy Teacher at Gardens That Matter Western North CarolinaPosts: 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!

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