SHEPHERD’S PURSE: “Not Exactly Empty”

Astringent, Bleeding, Labor Inducer

Also Known As: Lady’s Purse, Rattle Pouches, Rattle Weed


Ancient Roman and Greek physicians recommended the seeds of shepherd’s purse as a laxative. The herb was not widely used until the 16th century, when an Italian physician promoted it to stop bleeding, particularly blood in the urine.


To help stop bleeding or hasten labor, boil one cup of water and add 1 teaspoon of the dried herb. Steep for 10 minutes and drink up to 2 cups daily. Add sugar, honey and lemon to improve the taste.


Twice a day, use ¼ to ½ teaspoon.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Well drained, sandy loamy soil is preferred, but tolerates most North American soils. Plant seeds in the spring time under full sun. Clip seed pods before they open to prevent spreading. The younger leaves have a peppery taste and may be added to stews, soups or eaten like spinach.


Use shepherd’s purse in medicinal amounts under the consultation of your health advisor if needed.