Medicinal plant with an astringent effect, used mainly in cases of menstruation problems, usually found in the form of tea.


Portuguese name: shepherd’s purse, good shepherd’s weed, shepherd’s serrão (Portugal), shepherd’s serrão, good shepherd’s
purse Binomial name: Capsella bursa-pastoris L
French name : bourse-à-pasteur , bourse à pasteur
English name: shepherd’s-purse
German name: Gewöhnliche Hirtentäschel
Italian name: Borsapastore comune
Spanish name: shepherd’s bag




– Saponins
– Flavonoids
– Amines
– Tannins
– Choline and acetylcholine
– Vitamin C
– Proteins
– Essential Oil

parts used

Leaves and aerial parts (whole plant). The plant can be fresh or dried.


Astringent, hemostatic, tonic.


Internal use:
– Menstruation problems (especially during puberty and pre-menopause), during menstrual periods.
To restore intestinal transit, for example after consuming too much laxative

External use:
– Wounds, cuts (bleeding)

Secundary effects




Where does shepherd’s purse grow?

Shepherd’s purse grows easily in Europe and Asia, including in the mountains up to about 1600 meters in altitude.
The plant size is less than 40 cm.
We can harvest shepherd’s purse in Europe (eg Switzerland) from May to July. It is an annual to biennial plant.

Interesting Observations

– Shepherd’s purse is an interesting plant for women and their pain, it can be found naturally in the fields of Europe (including the Alps). You can then harvest the plant, dry the leaves and make a tea.

– It is called shepherd’s purse, because its fruits resemble a shepherd’s purse (pastoris, in Latin).

– Some experts believe that shepherd’s purse is a “weed”.

– Yarrow is another plant that can be used in cases of wounds.

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