Shepherd's purse is known for its hemostatic properties. This means it may help control bleeding. It has been used traditionally to aid in the treatment of minor wounds, nosebleeds and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Capsella bursa-pastoris, which is the botanical name of Shepherd’s Purse, has been used to help regulate and support women's menstrual health. It is believed to have uterine tonic effects which may help alleviate menstrual cramps, irregular periods and excessive menstrual bleeding. It also has proven uterine-contracting properties and is traditionally used during or after childbirth. Plus it may ease menopause symptoms.
Shepherd's purse has diuretic properties, meaning it may help increase urine production and promote the elimination of excess fluids from the body. It has been used to support kidney and urinary tract health, potentially aiding in the management of conditions like urinary tract infections and edema.
Shepherd's purse has been used as a traditional remedy for digestive issues. It is believed to have mild astringent properties that may help soothe and tone the digestive tract, potentially providing relief from diarrhoea, indigestion and stomach discomfort.
It is also edible and has been consumed as a leafy green vegetable in some cultures. The young leaves can be added to salads or cooked as a vegetable dish. Shepherd’s purse has a slight radish flavour.
Shepherd’s purse is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Plus the leaves can be used in a tea or made into a poultice.