This herb has triangular purse like pods which gives it the name Shepherd’s Purse and is a member of the mustard family. Native to Europe and parts of Asia and considered a weed and grows throughout the world. It flowers year round and the entire plant is used for medicinal purposes in infusions and fluid extracts.
Used in cardiovascular functions, to treat external cuts and wounds and Menorrhagia.
Safe in small amounts but can cause drowsiness, change in blood pressure and heart palpitations. An overdose can cause paralysis, breathing difficulty, and death.
Used in the treatment of heart and circulatory problems such as mild heart failure, low blood pressure, nervous heart complaints. Also used to treat headaches, vomiting, diarrhea and bladder infections. Women use it for menstrual problems and cramps. Also applied directly to the skin for the treatment of wounds, burns and nosebleeds.
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