According to many pieces of anecdotal evidence, shepherd’s purse can help stem the flow of blood from a nose bleed better than any other single treatment. This is good news for anybody with rough and tumble children that are forever bumping themselves.
The best way to use the herb for a nose bleed is to use the liquid from a shepherd’s purse tea. To make the tea, use between 2 and 3 teaspoons of the dried herb and cover with boiling water. Let it steep for about 10 minutes. Take a cotton ball and dip it into your tea. Squeeze out any excess liquid and insert the ball into the nostril to stem the flow of blood.
A large percentage of women develop significant bleeding problems after giving birth. Shepherd’s purse is an extremely effective natural remedy to stem the flow of blood and also to help tone up the uterus. Again start by making a large quantity of shepherd’s purse tea.
To make a liter of tea, use 4 heaped teaspoons or so of the herb and add boiled water. Cover your container and allow the tea to steep for a good 30 minutes before straining out the herbs and letting it cool well. Drink your whole liter of tea throughout the course of a day in divided amounts.
You should see fairly dramatic and immediate results. Repeat the treatment the following day and possibly even for a third. It is unlikely that you will need to continue the treatment any longer as the bleeding should have stopped.
Shepherd’s purse is best known for its antibleeding properties. For centuries, women have used it to reduce heavy or long menstrual cycles, as well as bleeding between cycles and menstrual cramps.
In the same way that shepherd’s purse can stem the flow of a nose bleed, it can also be applied to other parts of the body to help stop bleeding. Of course, if you have a major wound, you should visit the emergency room as soon as possible but for a minor wound, bite, scrape or graze, shepherd’s purse is an excellent remedy.
In fact, many people think that shepherd’s purse should be a part of every person’s emergency kit. This is especially true if you have boisterous children prone to scrapes and cuts.
Again use a tea made with the dried herb and either apply it to the wound with a cotton ball or use it to make a cold compress that you can simply hold against the wound until the bleeding has stopped.
Shepherd’s Purse is a source of Vitamin C for curing or preventing scurvy. It is quite beneficial for gastrointestinal conditions such as chronic diarrhea, colic, dysentery and promotes bowel movements through intestinal contraction.
Shepherd’s purse is a folk remedy for cancer. It consists of fumaric acid which has markedly reduced growth and viability of Ehrlich tumor in mice.
It helps to excites or quickens the functional activity of the tissues by giving more energy and is thus occasionally recommended as a general tonic.
Shepherd’s Purse is a circulation equalizing herb which helps to normalizes circulation regulates heart action and may help to correct high or low blood pressure.
Externally Shepherd’s Purse is applied to bruises and limbs suffering from muscular atrophy or external muscular disorders, strains and rheumatic joints.
It increases the volume and flow of urine which help to clean the urinary system. It can be used in the treatment of abscesses and ulcerated conditions of the bladder and ureters, irritation of the urinary tract caused by uric acid or insoluble phosphates or carbonates, urine with white mucous discharge, kidney complaints and bed wetting in children. By helping in processing uric acid from your body, it is beneficial for joint-related problems, such as arthritis and gout.
Shepherd’s purse, so known because of its triangular flat fruit that resemble a purse, is an annual flowering plant belonging to the mustard family. Known scientifically as Capsella bursa pastoris, the plant is native to parts of eastern Europe and Anatolia. It has since become naturalized to many other regions of the world and is regarded as a common type of weed. These days it can be found across the Mediterranean, North America, China and North Africa.
The use of shepherd’s purse is certainly not a new thing. In fact, its use can be traced all the way back to the Ancient Greeks and Roman Empire where it was typically used as a natural laxative. During the 17th century, it was discovered that the plant could help stem excessive bleeding which saw a rise in its popularity. The early pilgrims brought shepherd’s purse to the colonies where they allowed it to grow and made use of its medicinal qualities.
Despite being regarded as a weed, the plant may also have a number of other uses. It is gathered in the wild to supplement fed for animals but is also harvested for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. In parts of China, the herb is used as an ingredient in stir-fries, rice cakes and especially for Chinese dumplings. The roots of the plant are also used as a culinary ingredient in South Korea.
Shepherd’s purse has been used as both as food and as a medicine for hundreds of years. The leaves can be added to salads or cooked as a vegetable. The seed pods have a “peppery” taste and the seeds have been used as a substitute for mustard seeds.
In Japan the herb is an essential ingredient in Nanakusa-Gayu (Seven-Herb Rice Soup) traditionally served on January 7th.
Common Names: Lady’s purse, shepherd’s bag, mother’s heart, shovelweed, caseweed, borsa de pastor (Spanish), bouse de pasteur (French), Hirtentäschelkraut (German), hjartarfi (Icelandic), hyrdetaske (Danish).
Dosage: 10 drops a day. For external use, drop some of the tincture on a cotton ball and place in on the problematic area of the skin, a wound, cut or a bruise. For regulating your menstrual blood flow, drink 10 drops a day for no longer than 5 days.
Shepherd’s purse can stimulate uterine contractions so pregnant women should only use the herb under professional supervision.
Shepherd’s purse may also cause the blood to clot. If you are currently taking a blood thinning drug or have a history of heart attack, do not use this herbal remedy.
People with the tendency to form kidney stones (due to the plant’s content of oxalates) and those that are at risk of heart and lung diseases should exercise caution when using this herb.
The herb should not be used with blood pressure lowering drugs, beta blockers, digoxin or sedatives.
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