Shepherd’s purse or purse, Capsella, description, use in the treatment of diseases in the field.

The shepherd’s bag plant is unpretentious and widespread throughout the European part of Russia, in Ukraine and Belarus, in India, Japan, China. It grows in fields, pastures, along roadsides, along ditches, in wastelands, like weed in gardens and crops. 

Shepherd’s purse or purse, Capsella, description, use in the treatment of diseases in the field.

The shepherd’s bag blooms from mid-April to September. For medicinal purposes, use the entire aerial part of this plant, which is harvested during the flowering period. Dry the grass of the shepherd’s bag in the shade, in any well-ventilated places. The healing properties of dry grass shepherd’s bag retains for 3 years. The grass of a shepherd’s bag contains vitamins A, D, B1, B2, K, C, organic acids, volatile, saponins, tannins, glycosides, resins, macro and micronutrients, and other substances. Seeds are rich in fatty oils, contain resins, a small amount of allyl mustard oil and ascorbic acid.

Shepherd's purse or purse, Capsella, description, use in the treatment of diseases in the field.
wound healing, blood purifying, vasodilating, astringent, diuretic and anti-febrile effects.

Proportions Cooking method Application
Infusion 1 tablespoon (10 g) of chopped herbs per 0.25 liters. water. Pour boiling water, insist 1 hour, strain. 1 tablespoon 3 times a day before meals, with gastric, renal, pulmonary, nasal, uterine bleeding. As an anti-inflammatory and wound healing agent for injuries.
Decoction 2 tablespoons (20 g) of chopped herbs per 0.25 liters. water. Pour cold water, boil for 1 minute, insist 30 minutes, strain after cooling. In the form of compresses and lotions for bruises, wounds, cuts and ulcers.
Tea 1 tablespoon (10 g) of chopped grass per 0.5 liter. water. Pour boiling water, insist 10 minutes, strain. At 0.5 liters per day, as a leveling and pressure regulating agent.
Fresh grass Required amount. Knead. For compresses with bruises.

Nutritional use of a shepherd’s bag.

From the leaves of a shepherd’s bag cooked borscht, soups, added to salads, salted and dried. The crushed seeds of a shepherd’s bag can be used as a substitute for mustard.

Contraindications for the use of a shepherd’s bag for medicinal purposes.

Contraindicated in pregnancy and thrombophlebitis.

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